This submission is the latest in a series of guest columns on city issues, provided by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling’s office.
Spring is nearly here! That makes this a good time to update our citizens on infrastructure projects under construction in 2014.
City-Wide Pavement Preservation Program – Edmonds will be paving and chip-sealing in several locations this summer after several years without having a pavement preservation program. We will be building nearly 8,000 feet of new chip-seal surfacing on 2nd Ave. North, 72nd Ave. West, and 73rd Ave. West. We will also be grinding and overlaying 100th Ave. West from SR104 to 238th (+/- 3,000 ft.). In addition we will retain approximately $260,000 out of the $1.2 million made available for pavement preservation in the 2014 budget to serve as matching monies for a federal grant to pave 220th from 84th to 76th in 2015. There will also be five smaller paving projects, totaling 1,300 feet, where water line replacements have damaged our street surfaces.
This is the first time in many years that Edmonds has been able to address its deteriorating streets proactively. An ongoing, predictable, source of revenue needs to be identified for this program. Our street system is too important to be left unfunded during difficult budget years.
Five Corners roundabout – This project will install a modern roundabout at Five Corners to shorten traffic delays, improve pedestrian safety, remove overhead power lines, and improve the aesthetics and streetscape appeal in this critically important intersection. New water lines as well as new stormwater catch basins and detention vaults will also be installed. PSE is already on site relocating their gas lines and the construction project is currently advertised for bid. We expect full construction to begin in May and extend through October. Estimated construction cost is $3.0 million, paid for by a combination of federal grants, water and stormwater utility revenues as well as $300,000 in traffic impact fees collected from new development.
Water and Sewer Main Replacements – We will be busy this year replacing old water and sewer mains. Projects are planned in 19 separate locations throughout the city totaling over 6,500 feet of new sewer main and 9,000 feet of new water main. The total cost of these improvements is estimated to be $6.25 million. Utility rate revenues will fund all of these projects.
Stormwater Construction Projects – The City has several drainage construction projects planned for this year to address flooding issues. These projects are supported by a city-wide drainage improvement budget funded from Stormwater utility rates. These include:
• 4th Ave S. south of Dayton St. – Replacement of 275 feet and the addition of 200 feet of new pipe, 2 new catch basins, and 1 manhole to address flooding issues
• Upgrading an Alley Infiltration System South of 107th PL SW – Add capacity to the current infiltration system with stormwater injection wells.
• Infiltration System for 102nd Ave SW – Add an infiltration system at the south end of the Faith Community church parking lot at 10220 23th St SW.
• Stormwater upgrades at 5 Corners (part of the Roundabout Project) – includes a detention vault and water quality treatment system to reduce stormwater flows and improve water quality in Goodhope Pond.
The total budget for developing and building infrastructure projects in 2014 is approximately $19.5 million. The 2013 budget was $9.5 million, and that was a record amount for the City of Edmonds! This substantial increase in infrastructure replacement is necessary and timely. The funding for these projects comes from some great grant writing efforts, our Administration’s efforts to champion our projects and priorities through regional funding agencies and the State Legislature, as well as some difficult but forward-thinking decisions made by the City Council to adjust utility rates to generate debt-free capital for replacement projects.
Success is always a team effort!
— By Phil Williams, City of Edmonds Public Works Director