City of Edmonds construction project update

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Phil Williams
Phil Williams

The year 2015 will be busy for construction of new city infrastructure in Edmonds! We wanted to update you on what is being built as well as where and when these projects will take place.

Transportation Projects

228th St. and SR99 – This project began construction on May 26th and will extend into early 2016. This $8.0M project will complete the missing portion of 228th Street from Highway 99 to 76th Ave W, creating a new east/west connection between Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. It will improve the access of Edmonds citizens to the regional multi-modal center and interurban trail. It will also address the high level of serious accidents occurring at the existing intersection of 76th and SR99. This is the largest transportation project the City has ever undertaken. It is funded by $6.9M in state and federal grants, $418,000 from Mountlake Terrace, and $352,000 from Edmonds, most of that in City Utility funds being used to replace and relocate city utilities under the project footprint. (Editor’s note: See our related story on this project here.)

2015 Paving projects – The City will be delivering approximately $ 2,200,000 in total paving projects this year. The biggest of these will be the paving of 220th St. from 84th to 76th. The road will also be re-striped with new bike lanes. This project is funded by a $780,000 federal grant and $260,000 in local Real Estate Excise Tax (REET). It is the only street preservation project that will receive outside funding from the federal or state government. Street maintenance and pavement preservation are generally not grant eligible projects.

In addition to the project on 220th St. the City will pave the following additional sections of roadway:

· 220th St SW – 76th Ave W to Hwy 99 & Hwy 99 to Mountlake Terrace (Local funded)
· 76th Ave W – 173rd St SW to County Park
· 96th Ave W – 220th St SW to Walnut St
· 224th St SW – 100th Ave W to 95th Ave W
· Fir St – 6th Ave S to 7th Ave S
· C Ave – 1124 C Ave to Pine St
· 74th Pl W – 228th St SW to End of Street
· 104th Ave W – Hickman Park to Robin Hood
· Robin Hood – 104th Ave W to 106th Ave W
· 106th Ave W – Robin Hood to south of Sherwood Elementary
· Meadowdale Beach Road – 76th Ave W to 169th Pl SW

These street resurfacing projects will be funded entirely with local funds from REET and General Fund tax dollars. The City restarted our paving program in 2014 after at least six years of doing no paving at all. Whether the City is able to continue to fund street preservation beyond this year is unknown. What is needed is a stable, predictable source of funding for this important work. We can’t continue to fund streets only when the economy is doing well and then stop this critical maintenance when things slow down.

238th St. from 100th to 104th – This is both a transportation and storm water project. It will construct a sidewalk on the north side of 238th St. to provide a safe walking path for all residents, but especially for children walking to and from schools. The project will also repave the street and install a street drainage system to eliminate the frequent ponding of water after rainstorms. Water will be collected and much of it sent to rain gardens built in the public Right-of-Way. These attractive, landscaped rain gardens will infiltrate the street run-off into the soil. Any excess will be sent to the infiltration system at nearby Hickman Park. The project will improve both the appearance and the function of the street for all modes of travel. The total cost of this project is estimated to be $1,450,000 with $1,600,000 coming in the form of a state grant for the construction of the sidewalk and the rest coming from the Storm Water Utility capital budget. Construction will likely begin around August, 2015 and be complete by January, 2016

Utility Projects

The City began a long-range program to replace its aging water and sewer pipes four years ago. Edmonds is the oldest incorporated City in Snohomish County and we also have a great deal of old piping that has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. Many of these pipes are now too small or too corroded to meet current fire flow demands as well as being brittle and subject to structural failure. Our plan so far has been to replace 1% of our buried pipes on an annual basis. This year we will replace 8,170 feet of old water mains, their associated meters and fire hydrants, and two pressure reducing stations at a cost of $2.58M. On the sewer side we will replace 1,690 feet of sewer main at a cost of $1.37M. A map of 2015 Water Main Replacements can be viewed on the City’s website. In the next few days, similar information will be released for the 2015 Sewer Main Replacements.

I am sure during this busy construction season you will see these projects being completed by our various contractors. We will do our best to get all of these projects completed with the least amount of inconvenience to our citizens. Some traffic delays as well as other impacts, however, are inevitable and we thank you in advance for your patience at those times. Wish us luck as well – that is always welcomed!

— By Phil Williams, Public Works Director, City of Edmonds

4 COMMENTS

  1. 220th & 80th Ave West is a busy crosswalk intersection used by students … will this intersection get yellow striping and crossing flags? Cars fly by on 220th and ignore crossing pedestrians.

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