Downtown Renton Construction: Preparing to pave S 3rd St

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  • Access to Wells Ave S and Williams Ave S north of S 2nd St can be accessed via the detour routes shown below as we rebuild the northside of intersections on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S.
  • Portions of S 3rd St may also be temporarily closed as stormwater work continues through mid-October.

DUIP Detour map

Please follow detour and business access signage. Park for free at the City Center Parking Garage on S 2nd St.


DUIP Detour Map

1. Rebuilding the northside intersections on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S

We are continuing to rebuild the northside intersections on S 2nd St at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S. We are pouring concrete in phases to reduce the risk of cracking while the mixture cures and hardens.

Concrete pours are weather dependent and may be rescheduled. Concrete plants are also currently experiencing high demand regionally, which can intensify any weather-related delays.

Two-way cul-de-sacs will continue to be in place to maintain local access to homes and businesses leading up to the intersection closure.

Crews remove wood planks and other debris around concrete panel.

After pouring a concrete panel and allowing the concrete to harden for a few hours, crews remove the forms that were built to hold the concrete mixture so it can continue hardening and potentially expand, reducing the risk of cracking.

2. Prepping S 3rd for paving

We’re continuing work on S 3rd St between Main Ave S and Burnett Ave S. Parking restrictions will continue to be in place while we remove the temporary asphalt and prepare the curbside area for final paving.

 Crews use heavy equipment to add gravel and compact it in the curbside parking

3. Stormwater work on S 3rd St

Stormwater utility installation on S 3rd St will continue moving east between Shattuck Ave S and Smithers Ave S. Work will concentrate on the north side of S 3rd St for installation of the storm main and move between the north and south sides of the street as crews make connections between the main line and storm drains.

A travel lane will be maintained on either the north or south side of the street. Daytime intersection closures at Morris Ave S and Smithers Ave S may be necessary, in which case a detour to Shattuck Ave S and S 4th St will be in place. Street parking will be affected; alternate parking is available in the City Center Parking Garage. This phase of work is expected to last into late-October.

4. Utility work on Houser Way S

We’re continuing to remove and install new curb and gutter on Houser Way S at Williams Ave S and Wells Ave S. 

During work hours, we’ll maintain pedestrian access at three of the four corners and flaggers will be onsite to help people navigate the area. We plan to reopen all four corners at the end of the day.

Expect traffic on Wells Ave S and Williams Ave S to be reduced to one lane at Houser Way S throughout the project.

5. Sewer on Whitworth Ave S

Work continues with sewer utility improvements on Whitworth Ave S between S 2nd and S 3rd streets. The road will be closed during daytime work hours, opening again each evening. Street parking will be closed along Whitworth Ave S throughout the duration of this work. Alternate parking is available in the City Center Parking Garage. We anticipate the sewer work in Whitworth Ave S to be complete by the end of the week of October 4th.


Closure on S 3rd St for paving  

In the coming weeks, we plan to close S 3rd St from Burnett Ave S to Main Ave S during the days we pave. The intersections at Wells Ave S and Williams Ave S will still be open to north and southbound through traffic.Sidewalk access will also be maintained.


Why a full closure?

  • Increase safety for you and our crews
    • It’s too narrow at the bulb outs to safely pave one side of the street at a time and maintain through traffic. Not only do we want to avoid potential driver-construction conflicts, but we’ll also be working with asphalt that’s heated to around 300 degrees, which is dangerous for both nearby people and vehicles.
  • Reduce the risk of weather driven delays as it continues to get colder and wetter, so we can complete the work as quickly as possible

Stormwater work on Whitworth Ave S

After completion of the stormwater utility installation on S 3rd St, construction crews will shift to the stormwater utility work on Whitworth Ave S. This work is expected to continue into November. 

Sewer on S 2nd St

After completion of the sewer installation in Whitworth Ave S, construction will begin on the sewer main in S 2nd St and move west. This work is expected to begin the week of October 11 and last into November. The two south lanes of S 2nd St will be closed for portions of this work. Detours will be in place for access to cross streets (Morris, Whitworth, Shattuck avenues), as needed.

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The City Center Parking Garage offers free parking for access to downtown businesses through December of this year and can also be used by residents during construction. The garage is accessible between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Overnight parking is allowed during our construction efforts, but please note that all garage doors are locked outside of these hours. In addition, street parking is available on S 3rd St.

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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