November 25, 2002
City crews begin construction at the Woodinville Memorial Cemetery
Photo by Ian Gleadle
Work is currently underway in fron of the Woodinville Memorial Cemetery that will finish out the right turn pocket in front of the Shell gas station (formerly Texaco) at the State Route 202 and Northeast 175th intersection.
by Bronwyn Wilson
Senior Staff Writer
When completed, the construction work currently underway in front of the Woodinville Memorial Cemetery will finish out the right turn pocket in front of the Shell gas station (formerly Texaco) at the State Route 202 and Northeast 175th intersection.
"We're going to extend it all the way down to 132nd Avenue Northeast on the other side of the cemetery," said Joe Seet, City Engineer. "We are widening the existing road for the new lane, relocating sidewalks and replacing the existing chain link fence with an ornamental fence."
To local citizens concerned that the City's work encroaches on inviolate property, Seet offered reassurance: "We worked with the Cemetery Board, who has authority over the land, and were granted an easement through legal process."
He said that construction does not disturb any of the burial sites and explained that the City used ground-penetrating radar before the project began.
The radar system, he said, provided information on exact locations to avoid. "We basically designed accordingly and we widened the roadway," said Seet, adding, "It's a very exciting project."
In addition, the City removed the old cedar that had guarded the front of the cemetery for many years. The cedar, struck by lightning several times during its lifetime, had begun to rot. Seet mentioned that the tree's decay was not noticeable by its outward appearance.