A Puget Sound Energy paving contractor is in the process of replacing the temporary cold-patch on Village Green Drive and 148th Street SE with a more permanent hot-patch that will be much smoother and more drivable.
Part of the patched roadway will be completely refinished with an overlay this summer as described in the following article:
Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, gave an update on the Puget Sound Energy utility project at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Smith explained that the project is not yet finished and the quality of the work will improve, “We do recognize that a lot of the work out there has not been the best quality and there have been some communication snafus with the crews as to when they are supposed to work where and things like that. I just want to reassure the Council that we have actually been working really well with the contractors and Puget Sound Energy all along. We are certainly committed with them to come up with a good end product. Nothing has been accepted by the City yet, we haven’t bought off on anything.”
Smith said the work has been difficult because of the cold temperatures and wet weather over the past couple of months, “We do have a bit of a paradox this time of year where we wanted them to get those bad temporary patches finished as soon as possible. But the other side of that sword is that that requires them to pave in the middle of winter and often that is not the best time to be doing that.”
Smith met with the paving contractor on Wednesday, February 13th and subsequently sent out the following updates:
- “The prime contractor, Infrasource, is still working on the gas line on Village Green Drive near Trillium Blvd, so there are still steel plates in use on the roadway.”
- “The paving contractor will grind off and repave the worst surface condition and ‘wavy’ areas of the patch along Village Green Drive between Trillium and Fairwood Greens. Please keep in mind we are just trying to address the worst areas since it will all be repaved in a few months with the City overlay project.”
- “For clarification, most of the shoulder patch on Village Green Drive outside the overlay area has not been completed yet. The pre-level layer has been placed, but the final lift is still pending good weather. The contractor will do some final touch up work before paving that top layer.”
- “The traffic impacts to the elementary school (along 148th Street SE) were simply a communication error on the contractor end as I reported. They recognize the situation and will take measures not to let it happen again.”
- “Incidentally, the flaggers and field crew report lots of gratitude and ‘thank you's’ from the traveling public. It's somewhat the nature of the beast that we only hear the negative reports from citizens, not all the positive.”
- “Weather permitting, of course, the paving contractor is planning to have all the cleanup and final restoration work done by this Friday (February 15, 2013). As I said, they are committed to maintaining a good relationship with the City, and we can certainly work through any acceptance issues after the work is actually completed.”
A previous article on this project can be found here: