Active Transportation Projects

72nd Street East reconfiguration


What's happening?

72nd Street East between Waller Road East and Canyon Road East was reconfigured to three lanes after the road was resurfaced in late July. 

About the work

The 1.5-mile-long section was previously four lanes, with two lanes in each direction. After the road was chipsealed and fog sealed, it was restriped as a three-lane road. 

There is now a lane in each direction and a center two-way left-turn lane. Several turn lanes were added, including left-turn lanes at Vickery Avenue East, an eastbound right-turn only lane at Waller Road East, and a westbound right-turn only lane at Canyon Road East. Existing left-turn lanes remain at Waller Road East and Canyon Road East. Bike lanes in both directions were added.  


This change is expected to increase safety, improve sight distance for motorists entering 72nd Street East from side roads, and reduce rear-end crashes.

The reconfiguration will help moderate traffic flow and speed on this corridor. While there are fewer through lanes, there is sufficient capacity to handle current traffic volumes.

About the chipsealing work

The chipsealing work will extend the road’s life by seven to 10 years and reduce maintenance costs.

During chipsealing, a coat of liquid asphalt and a layer of rock chips are applied to the road. The roadway is then swept clean of loose rock chips. Motorists can drive on the road immediately after the application. 

During fog sealing, a final application of liquid asphalt is spread over the surface of the road to keep water out and improve rock retention. 
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