Northwest NEWS

July 13, 1998

Local News

City, businesses to meet on Trib 90


Andrew Walgamott/staff photo

The city has taken up the safety problems of Trib 90 once again.

   by Andrew Walgamott
   Staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Woodinville officials will be looking for input from Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse area businesses on how to improve safety alongside an ominous ditch.
   Deborah Knight, public services assistant, said the city and business people will meet August 3 to discuss installing concrete barriers or post and beam-type guardrailing between 148th Ave. N.E. and Trib 90, a feeder stream of the Sammamish River.
   "Would they rather have concrete and fewer traffic impacts, or post and beam, have to move [a] gas line and greater traffic impacts?" Knight said.
   Installation of a 32-inch high concrete barrier would cost about $73,000, she estimated. Putting in guardrail would cost at least $60,000, but would also require moving a buried Puget Sound Energy gas line. Knight said PSE needs to be contacted on whether the line can be moved this year and added that moving costs are still unknown. Both plans would include a pedestrian path on city right-of-way just east of the creek.
   Improvements along Trib 90 have been on hold until recently. The need became apparent during last year's joint city-county project to widen and deepen the flood-prone stream, the Woodinville City Council took up the issue again last week. Councilman Randy Ransom, concerned with appearances in the Tourist District, opposed concrete.
   "I go through there everyday. [Concrete barriers] would look ugly." He said guardrailing would be consistent with King County's plans along 148th further north.
   Later in the week, Councilwoman Marsha Engel said safety was the bottom line, but wouldn't say which option she preferred. "Every time I go past that I cross myself that I don't go in the hole."