400-05
STREET CLOSURES DUE TO REPAIR, CONSTRUCTION OR UTILITY INSTALLATION

Department: PUBLIC WORKS/FIRE

Effective Date:    Sept. 1985

Supersedes:    

Prepared by:    Jim Matthew, Bob Bergstrom

Approved by:    Barbara Shinpoch

1.0 PURPOSE:

To establish a policy/procedure for approval and notification of street closures due to construction, repair or utility installation.

2.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

Public Works, Police and Fire Departments.

3.0 REFERENCE:

City Code, Title VII, Chapter 9, Uniform Fire Code. RMC 4-5-070

City Code, Title IX, Chapter 5. RMC 9-9

4.0 POLICY:

It shall be the policy of the City of Renton in the interest of public safety to allow street closures for repair, construction, and utility installation according to the procedures contained within this document. The policy applies to all agencies conducting construction, repair, and utility installation on City of Renton street rights-of-way (i.e., King County Public Works, Pacific Northwest Bell, Washington Natural Gas, Group W Cable, Puget Power, etc.).

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

Not applicable.

6.0 PROCEDURE:

6.1    Partial Street Closures:

Whenever possible, access for emergency vehicles shall be provided immediately around a construction area. Access provided shall be such that imposed loads of fire vehicles can be sustained.

Access way shall be minimum 15' wide clear way.

6.2    Full Street Closures:

When, because of unusual circumstances, access for emergency vehicles cannot be provided around a construction site, advance approval for a full street closure shall be obtained from the Police and Fire Departments so that acceptable alternative measures can be developed.

6.3    Notification and Inspection:

6.3.1    It shall be the responsibility of the appropriate Public Works representative or Utility Official to assure that the party performing the proposed construction work notify the Police Department, Traffic Sergeant, Fire Department, and Valley Communications Center at the numbers listed below:

Police Department    235-2600

Fire Department    235-2643

Valley Communication Center    854-4320

6.3.2    Traffic control and safety measures shall be maintained as approved by the Public Works and Police Departments.

6.3.3    City construction inspectors shall verify that proper notifications have been made and that access is maintained during the entire construction period.

6.3.4    Whenever possible, pre-construction meetings shall be conducted on each proposed project in order to review this procedure.

6.3.5    When unforeseen emergency conditions occur that cause a street closure, the Police Department, Fire Department, and Valley Communication Center shall be notified by the appropriate Public Works Division Supervisor, Utility Official, or their representatives.

6.3.6    Notification shall be made 24 hours before the planned street closure activities. Advance street warning signage will be required on partial or full street closures.