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35th Avenue SE through Mill Creek now open after eight months of reconstruction

After years of flooding and eight months of construction, the reconstruction on 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek is complete and the roadway reopened to traffic and pedestrians on Monday, March 11, 2018.
Newly reopened 35th Avenue SE over Penny Creek. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

From a City of Mill Creek news release.

After years of flooding and eight months of closure, the reconstruction on 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek is complete and the roadway reopened to traffic and pedestrians on Monday, March 11, 2019.

“This project has been years in the making for the City of Mill Creek and its residents,” said Gina Hortillosa, director of Public Works and Development Services.

She went on to say, “The benefits of this project will be realized for generations to come. We appreciate all who had a part in making this a reality.”

The total cost is estimated at approximately $5,303,300. The State Department of Transportation office provided $5.25 million in funding, thanks in large part to the work of Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs. Snohomish County also provided a $50,000 small capital projects partnership grant.

35th Avenue SE is a three-lane minor arterial in Mill Creek that carries approximately 15,000 vehicles per day.

The project raised the roadway several feet above the prior road elevation over Penny Creek to eliminate flooding, which occasionally closed the roadway over the last several years.

Work included driving 505 pin-piles up to 37 feet deep through peat into good load-bearing soil, constructing a concrete slab on top of the pilings, and then reconstructing and elevating the roadway on top of lightweight concrete fill. New sidewalks were poured for pedestrian access, and landscaping was restored.

Crews also removed two 54-inch culverts to restore fish passage to the area, which will also improve the health of the waterway.

This is the largest road construction project in Mill Creek’s history.

After years of flooding and eight months of construction, the reconstruction on 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek is complete and the roadway reopened to traffic and pedestrians on Monday, March 11, 2018.

North Pointe Homeowners Association President Kirk Gomez was first to drive across Penny Creek after 35th Avenue SE reopened. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

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