By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Much of Mill Creek’s underground electrical distribution system is over 30 years old and needs to be upgraded and replaced. A series of fires caused by failing transformers and underground electrical lines beginning in August of 2013 caused Snohomish County PUD to begin an extensive replacement project on Mill Creek Boulevard and Trillium Boulevard in 2014.
A November 2014 electrical line failure on Village Green Drive motived the PUD to begin the detailed engineering design for a similar project up Mill Creek Road from Bothell Everett Highway (SR 527) to Village Green Drive, down Village Green Drive to 148th Street SE, and then down 148th Street SE to 32nd Drive SE.
The PUD replaced a portion of the electrical switchgear and circuits along Village Green Drive in 2015.
According to a City of Mill Creek news release, the next phase of this project will begin on Monday, April 17, 2017. The news release said lane closures and traffic restrictions would be in place along the route until September.
Snohomish County PUD Principal Engineer Steve Stangvik confirmed the project includes 9,000 feet of cable replacement and some equipment/switch gear change outs, which will require some planned power outages.
The City of Mill Creek news release stated, “Most of the work should be on the shoulder and grassy area. However, travel lanes may be impacted. Flaggers and traffic control devices will help community members navigate through the construction zones.”
“Lane closures on arterials, including Mill Creek Road and Seattle Hill Road, are permitted between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.”
“Lane closures on Village Green Drive are permitted between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.”
Snohomish County PUD crews are usually very good at informing residents and motorists of upcoming work with local signage.