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Village Green Drive sidewalk and retaining wall reconstruction work begins

Award Construction, Inc. finally began reconstruction of the Village Green Drive wall and sidewalk between 148th Street SE and 28th Drive SE (Cottonwood) on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
The $125,000 Village Green Drive wall/sidewalk project should be complete by the end of the month. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.

Award Construction, Inc. finally began reconstruction of the Village Green Drive wall and sidewalk between 148th Street SE and 28th Drive SE (Cottonwood) on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

Foot traffic was a bit difficult along that stretch of Village Green Drive ever since the old wall and sidewalk were torn out the week of July 15th, 2013.

The old retaining wall had very poor drainage causing slippery conditions on the sidewalk. A French drain along the new wall should cause the water to flow into a catch basin on 28th Drive SE, instead of leaking through the wall onto the new sidewalk.

As well, the new sidewalk meets current standards for the steep cross slope.

The total cost of the Village Green Drive sidewalk project is approximately $125,000.

Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, said the wall reconstruction should be complete by Friday, August 23rd and the curb and sidewalk work should be finished the week of August 26th.

According to Smith, “The remaining trees on the slope behind the wall have also been assessed by an arborist to ensure their long term viability, and one additional tree near the Cottonwood entrance will be removed.  Slope restoration will be done during the appropriate planting season near the end of the project.”

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