JANUARY 20, 1997
News from the Metro-King County Council
by Councilmember Louise Miller, District 3
In addition to the hundreds of emergency road repairs performed during the recent winter storm and the ongoing storm debris cleanup, the King County Department of Transportation has identified more than 60 site-specific roadway repair projects as a result of the storm. With current slide-prone conditions and water still over many roadways, it is likely that additional flood damage restoration needs will be discovered over the next few weeks.
The County Roads Division has attributed the major slides and roadway failures to the heavy rainfall which followed the rapid freeze and thaw saturating already unstable soils. Several major roadways in the District 3 area were particularly hard hit during the storm and are on the county's list of site-specific repairs that will be performed over the next few weeks, including several sections of the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
Between 176th Avenue NE and 178th Avenue NE, the culvert feeding into Cottage Lake failed, causing damage underneath the roadway. Temporary repairs have been made to reduce the threat of further damage and permanent repairs are scheduled for the first quarter of '97.
The intersection of the Woodinville-Duvall Road and the West Snoqualmie River Road is in the floodplain, and county engineers are evaluating options for raising this roadway to provide access for dairy farmers during flood conditions.
For more information regarding road repairs in King County, call 296-8100.