APRIL 28, 1997
by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
With longer, warmer days comes a chance for construction and repair work to city roads and sidewalks. Pedestrian paths near schools will be worked on, as well. Ongoing and planned projects in the Woodinville and Bothell areas this spring and summer include the following:
Public Works Administrator Ron Cameron said work at the intersection of NE 175th Street and 140th Avenue NE was in scheduling and coordination for resurfacing, and for replacement of 500 feet of asbestos-cement pipe under140th Avenue NE. Trees bordering the streets may also be replaced.
Cameron said the city was working up a pavement repair list with King County for patching and mending of potholes and "alligatored" streets. Work along 148th Avenue NE on Tributary 90 was being held until July to avoid disturbing spawning fish in the creek. Cameron said two lanes would be kept open, "but it will be skinny."
- Frontal improvements, including, power, lighting, paving, and drainage will be taking place on the streets (NE 175th Street, 140th Avenue NE, and Woodinville-Snohomish Road) bordering the TRF shopping center site in Woodinville through the rest of the year, according to Cameron.
- Woodinville and Bothell are coordinating sidewalk work along NE 195th Street in Woodinville and 132nd Avenue NE/130th Place NE. Lanes along NE 195th Street by Woodinville High School will be closed when crews put in a pedestrian path from 136th Avenue NE to 130th Place NE. Cameron expected Woodinville's share of the project to begin soon. He added that boundary lines between Woodinville and Bothell would be adjusted during the projects.
- GTE work along NE 175th Street and the South Bypass, and work on the Washington Natural Gas pipeline, which comes off of Hollywood Hill, crosses the Sammamish Valley and heads up to Kingsgate, should be wrapping up in the next few weeks.
Eddy Low, Bothell's engineering manager, outlined several projects going on this summer. A traffic signal at NE 145th Street will be revamped. Another project involves building a paved eight-foot pedestrian/bike trail on the east side of 132nd Ave. NE from the SR-522 interchange north to NE 195th St. The project will tie in with Woodinville's sidewalk project along NE 195th Street.
"The pedestrian/bike path project is expected to start at the end of May, and be done before the kids come back from summer break," Low said. Work at the intersection of SR-522 and SR-527, planned originally for 1997, has been delayed until next year, according to Low. He said rescheduling was done in order to plan how to relocate overhead utilities underground.
- 15th Avenue SE in the northern part of Bothell will be resurfaced, as well as the Maltby Road east of Thrasher's Corner.
- Widening of the interchange at NE 195th Street and I-405 should be wrapping up this year, and spot drainage and sewer work will be done around Bothell.
- Work will continue on the I-405/SR-522 interchange through the summer into 1998. Eighty-nine highway support columns will be strengthened to meet earthquake standards by encasing the existing columns with grout and steel. North- and southbound lanes of the interstate will also be widened for high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. East Riverside Drive in Bothell will be closed until May 19.
"We get our projects from the school district and we act on their requests. Schools know where the kids are and where they're going," said King County Roads School Safety Engineer Michael Meagher. He noted that there had "been so much storm damage during the past two years" that construction projects were backed up. He said there will be some sidewalk improvement operations near area schools. "These projects encompass everything from paving to enclosing ditches," he said.
Meagher said one of the most important projects his office was looking to do was construction of separated walkways along the Woodinville-Duvall Road, from the entrance to Reintree to Bear Creek Elementary. Other projects include:
"Our projects are in competition with other county projects. Storm damage takes priority over new construction projects," Meagher said. Travel with caution is advised.
- The establishment of a walking system between the Cottage Glen development near Mink Road and Cottage Lake Elementary.
- A paving project off the Woodinville-Duvall Road near East Ridge Elementary.
- NE 159th Street to Avondale Road enhancement for pedestrians.