Active Transportation Projects

72nd Street East reconfiguration


What's happening?

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

About the work

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

There will be a lane in each direction and a center two-way left-turn lane. Several turn lanes will be 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 will remain at Waller Road East and Canyon Road East. Bike lanes in both directions will be added.  


Check back for schedule updates. Work dates are still being determined. This work is weather dependent.


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 will be fewer through lanes, there will still be 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. 

Several days later, a final application of liquid asphalt – called a fog seal – will be spread over the surface of the road to keep water out and improve rock retention. Traffic control measures will be in place for three to seven hours after the application, depending on temperature and humidity. 

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