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Mill Creek moving forward this summer with surface water pipe repairs

Twenty sites in Mill Creek will undergo surface water pipe repairs or replacement this summer. The city anticipates that most repairs will begin in July when surface water flows are lowest.
Workers repair Sweetwater Ranch sinkhole. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing.

Twenty sites in Mill Creek will undergo surface water pipe repairs or replacement this summer. The city council approved a contract with Road Construction Northwest, Inc. at its May 14, 2019, meeting for construction of the project in the amount of $749,325.

The total summer 2019 construction project, including inspection work, is estimated to cost $1,064,055. The total construction contract time is 65 working days.

The city anticipates that most repairs will begin in July when surface water flows are lowest. 

The work will focus on repairing or replacing 18-inch in diameter or larger pipes that are high risk and in need of immediate repair.

Of the surface water pipes that have been scoped and reviewed over the last several years, the pipes to be repaired this summer are classified as having “F” failures. This means that the pipe is in poor condition and its potential failure could have a negative effect on life and/or property, pose a risk of environmental damage, or would obstruct access to critical infrastructure. 

Specific neighborhoods will be notified when construction is scheduled to begin. Construction is slated to take place from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, though hours within that window of time may vary at each specific location.

While the locations of certain projects may be just in front of one or two residences, the traffic along the street will be impacted due to construction equipment and crews.

Cars should be moved off the street adjacent to project sites. The crews will not block driveways.

A handful of stormwater pipe repairs will be done by the utility providers that inadvertently damaged the pipes. These utility providers are paying for these repairs.

These individual projects handled by the utility providers are outside the City of Mill Creek’s scheduling control.

Twenty sites in Mill Creek will undergo surface water pipe repairs or replacement in summer 2019. The city anticipates that most repairs will begin in July when surface water flows are lowest.

Map showing summer 2019 stormwater pipe repair locations (red dots). Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

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Annexed areas helping to fix the "old" city

Looks like the original parts of Mill Creek are getting funding help from the newly annexed areas with the surface water infrastructure issues.  I still remember some council members talking about the revenue cow the annexed areas would be to the city.  Looks like they get their wish.

Wondering how long before Mill Creek...

Wondering how long before Mill Creek annexes south to 180th - or 196th even. Could help them control the development that goes on there... 

Rainy Day Fund

I wonder why the Surface Water Management tax was so low as not to have created a rainy day fund for the easily predicted fuure mainteneance costs.  Raising it now seems to be to the benefit of the older sections of the city and to the detriment of the newer sections of the city, especially the newly annexed sections of the city.

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