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Village Green Drive sidewalk and rock wall reconstruction to delay traffic

A number of 2013 Mill Creek road projects will delay traffic. A major sidewalk reconstruction project along Village Green Drive between 148th Street SE and 28th Drive SE begins on Monday, July 15, 2013.
This wall and sidewalk along Village Green Drive will be demolished and replaced. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.

A major sidewalk reconstruction project along Village Green Drive between 148th Street SE and 28th Drive SE begins on Monday, July 15, 2013. Expect traffic delays periodically along this stretch of road until August 30th. A number of other road projects will also affect Mill Creek traffic this summer.

According to Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, “The existing rock wall and sidewalk on the east side of Village Green Drive between 148th Street SE and 28th Drive SE will be rebuilt this summer in conjunction with the Curb Ramp Upgrade Project.  The sidewalk is heavily used by children going to the nearby elementary school and Cougar Park. Water often leaks through the wall onto the walking surface, creating slippery conditions, and the steep cross slope does not meet current standards.”

“Work will start on July 15th and must be completed by August 30th. There are five trees that will be removed behind the wall, as well as a fiber optic line that may need relocating, but pedestrians will be detoured around the work zone. The estimated total project cost is approximately $135,000.”

Other projects that will affect traffic in Mill Creek in July include:

  • Curb Ramp Upgrades – In accordance with Federal requirements, all curb ramps along the overlay routes must be upgraded to current ADA (American Disability Act) standards. According to Smith this work may begin along Mill Creek Boulevard east of the Bothell-Everett Highway the week of July 15, 2013.
  • Mill Creek Concrete Preservation Program – Many sidewalk sections along Village Green Drive have been removed and temporarily filled with crushed rock, and are scheduled to be poured with concrete during July and August.
  • Chip Seal Application – As part of the City’s ongoing Pavement Preservation Program, a continuation of the “urban” chip seal trial will be extended down 136th Street SE from Jackson High School to 27th Drive SE, around the loop to 28th Avenue SE and on 133rd Place SE. Smith said letters have gone out to affected residents and the work has been delayed, but may begin the week of July 22nd.

Other Mill Creek road projects have been delayed as follows:

  • Citywide Overlay – The City will be partnering with Snohomish County to repave three main roadways in Mill Creek, specifically 35th Avenue SE, 148th Street SE and Mill Creek Boulevard / Village Green Drive between SR 527 and Fairwood Greens.  According to Smith, work will likely begin in late July, and significant traffic impacts and delays should be expected.
  • 164th Street Corridor Overlay – The City will be partnering with Snohomish County to repave 164th Street between I-5 and SR 527. According to Smith, “The 164th project will be advertising for bids in mid-July, with work likely starting in early fall.  Due to the late season start, the ADA ramp and signal work will occur this year, with the paving work delayed until next spring.“

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