Downtown Renton Construction: Intersection work in downtown Renton

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Hi everyone,

The Downtown Renton construction projects are installing several new fire hydrants and utility control boxes. The South Renton Neighborhood Association, in collaboration with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission is seeking artists to participate in a public art campaign to “adopt” and design fire hydrants within the South Renton neighborhood. The program will continue until all fire hydrants in the neighborhood are adorned with artwork from local artists. Applications are open to all who are interested. You can learn more about the art campaign at

The Renton Arts Commission is also seeking artists to design three vinyl wrap designs for three utility control boxes in downtown Renton. The deadline for submissions is August 27. You can learn more at


Hydrant art

Check out this classic tattoo-inspired design at S 3rd St and Williams Ave S, created by Hannah Smith

Download the VisitRenton app and take the Hydrant Art tour to see all 65!

utility box art open call


As both projects work on intersections downtown, please plan ahead for detours as we:

  • Rebuild the southside of intersections on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S
  • Work overnight at the intersection of S 3rd St and Rainier Ave S

current detours

Please follow posted signs and directions from flaggers for safe access.


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1. Rebuilding southside of intersections on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

We are rebuilding the intersections on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S. Our work at the intersections will include demolishing the old concrete intersections, making underground utility connections, and installing new concrete at both intersections. Two-way cul-de-sacs have been implemented to the south of the intersections to maintain local access to businesses leading up the intersection closure.

Once we reach substantial completion of rebuilding the southside of the intersection, we will flip the cul-de-sacs to the northside of the intersections and begin working to rebuild the northside.  

This work is weather dependent.

2 way culdesac


2. Construction continues on S 2nd St and S 3rd St

We’re continuing work on S 3rd St and S 2nd St between Main Ave S and Burnett Ave S.

Through traffic on both S 2nd St and S 3rd St will continue to be reduced to a single-lane to avoid confusion at the all-way stops.

2 way culdesac

Two-way cul-de-sac on Wells Ave S to maintain access to businesses.

3. Night work at intersection of S 3rd St and Rainier Ave S

Road restoration on S 3rd St between Rainier and Shattuck is wrapping up and will be completed the week of August 16.

Monday, August 16th, the City of Renton began sewer utility work at the intersection of S 3rd St and Rainier Ave S. Work will take place in the evening from 7 PM – 5 AM and is anticipated for 3-5 nights. We will be doing this work at night to reduce impacts to the intersection during the day. Work will be noisiest during use of saw cutting and vibratory equipment. The work area will be split into two phases. Lane reductions will be in place with limited through traffic at the intersection until work is done. Avoid the intersection, if possible, at night. A construction detour route to S 3rd St will be maintained from Rainier Ave S to S 3rd Pl and Shattuck Ave S. Please follow posted signage.

Phase 1 of night work

Phase 1 of night work

phase 2 night work

Phase 2 of night work

4. Storm Utility work on S 2nd St

DUIP continues installation and is wrapping up storm utility work on S 2nd St between Morris Ave S and Shattuck Ave S this week. This work began work at S 2nd St and Shattuck Ave S moving east towards Morris Ave S. During construction, S 2nd St will be reduced to two lanes on the south side of the street.

Thank you, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 425-363-1007 or email or    

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