Northwest NEWS

January 25, 1999

Front Page

Council hears Novelty Bridge closure dates

by Audrey Mintz, contributing writer

   DUVALL--Northeast 124th St. is expected to be closed for a period of seven months next year while Novelty Bridge is being replaced, King County engineers told the Duvall City Council last week.

   The road will be closed from March 2000 to September 2000, with construction on detour routes beginning this April, said road engineer Ron Pagnanem.

   King County traffic engineer Norton Posey said the county will have improvements in place before the Novelty Bridge project can begin. Those improvements include lengthening turning lanes from Avondale Road onto the Woodinville-Duvall Road and adding another signal light; the addition of a right turn lane at the intersection of SR-203 and Woodinville-Duvall Road, along with some signal timing changes at that intersection; and the addition of a signal to the West Snoqualmie Valley Road intersection.

   Posey said the county will be asking the state to install an interim stop light at SR-203 and NE Stephens St. in the middle of town due to the increased traffic. Duvall Public Works Director Elizabeth Goode noted that if the county wants to install an interim signal, then the city needs to talk with the county and explore the option of installing a permanent signal there.

   Bridge engineer Jim Marcus told the council the entire stretch of NE 124th will be reconstructed to increase the road grade 14-18 inches, which will extend the usage during times of high water.

Pipeline opposed

   Opponents of the Cross-Cascade petroleum pipeline told the council they were concerned over the possibility that leaks could cause adverse effects to the environment.

   The risks to the environment posed by this project are understated and inadequately explained, said Susan Harper, Executive Director of the Cascade Columbia Alliance, quoting EPA comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

   The Cascade Columbia Alliance represents a broad range of groups against the pipeline including local landowners, OCAW (Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Union), Trout Unlimited, Tulalip Indian Nation, and local environmental groups.

   Harper discussed the spill history of the existing pipeline, specifically the leakage in Renton that leaked up to 84,000 gallons of fuel into the town's soil. "There isn't any benefit to the Valley," she stressed as she requested the council to ascertain a need for the pipeline.

   Proponents of the pipeline will be presenting their case at the next City Council meeting.

   In other council business: