April 27, 2014, update.
According to Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, the contractor completed the grinding work on Mill Creek Boulevard on Thursday, April 24th. He said that the repaving work would likely begin on Monday, April 28th, or Tuesday, April 29th, and to expect delays, “Significant delays can be expected and residents are advised to take alternate routes if possible.”
Smith said work would continue on other Mill Creek roads, “Grinding work may also start on 148th Street during mid-week, but will likely be done in the late afternoon and evening hours to minimize traffic impacts around the elementary school. However, the schedule may change since the work is weather dependent.”
He said that the striping of the new surface is somewhat dependent on the Mill Creek City Council’s decision regarding bike lanes for the city, “Striping will be done after all paving work is completed, and after the City Council provides direction on the addition of bicycle markings.”
April 20, 2014 update.
Road crews began grinding off the top layer of asphalt on Mill Creek Boulevard on Friday, April 18th, in preparaton for repaving the road.
According to Public Works Director Tom Gathmann the schedule is a bit uncertain, "Paving work is more at the mercy of the weather (rain) than grinding, so since there is a lot of rainy weather in the current forecast for next week we will just have to wait and see what happens."
Local residents can expect traffic delays for the next couple of months throughout Mill Creek as the roads are repaved.
April 11, 2014, update.
Mill Creek's 2014 road overlay projects are tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, April 21st with Mill Creek Boulevard.
The City of Mill Creek just announced the tentative schedule for the postponed road overlay project as follows:
"The planned overlay work that was deferred from 2013 is tentatively scheduled to start on Monday, 4/21 on Mill Creek Boulevard. The timing of the paving on 35th Avenue SE and 148th Street SE is still under discussion with the contractor to minimize traffic impacts, and may include night or weekend work. However, the schedule may change since the work is weather dependent."
"For cost efficiency, the City is 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. Work will be done with 2013 contract prices, and the estimated cost to the City for the local overlay work is approximately $1.25 million. The required work to upgrade the sidewalk ramps along the overlay routes to current ADA standards was completed in November."
October 6, 2013, update.
All road overlay projects that were scheduled for this year have been postponed until 2014 according to Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, “Basically, the contractor over committed themselves to other work and will not make it to Mill Creek this year.”
Mill Creek’s road overlay projects are to be performed under an interlocal agreement with Snohomish County. The contractor hired by Snohomish County was unable to complete a number of other projects in addition to those in Mill Creek.
Snohomish County’s contractor will do all of the overlay projects in 2014 for the same price they would have charged this year.
After years of use, a number of Mill Creek roads will get a hot-asphalt overlay this summer as part of the City’s Pavement Preservation Program. Unlike patching, an overlay covers the entire road with a thick layer of new asphalt.
The roads that will be improved are:
- 164th Street SE from I-5 to the Bothell-Everett Highway (in conjunction with Snohomish County and partially paid for by a Federal Highways grant).
- Mill Creek Boulevard SE from Bothell-Everett Highway to Trillium Boulevard SE.
- Village Green Drive from Trillium Boulevard SE to the Fairwood Greens Condominium entrance near 21st Court SE.
- 148th Drive SE from Village Green Drive to 35th Avenue SE.
- 35th Avenue SE from 132nd Street SE to Seattle Hill Road.
At the January 22, 2013, Mill Creek City Council Meeting City Engineer Scott Smith explained that Mill Creek Boulevard needs an overlay because, “The top layer of asphalt is delaminating off… There is nothing keeping that top layer on.” He went on to say that most of Village Green Drive is in good shape right now and won’t need an overlay for a few years.
City Engineer Smith crafted the Pavement Preservation Program with years of study and planning.
At the January 22nd City Council meeting Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek Public Works Director, pointed out that Smith’s overlay plan is based on a structural engineer’s analysis, “Scott (Smith) has been looking at the pavement preservation program as a whole for a long time. The recommendations are not just based on Scott looking at the streets; it is based on actual structural analysis done by a geotechnical consultant. They used equipment that drives around on the roads and actually measured the strength of the roads… Scott working with consultants has put a lot of effort into optimizing our program to get the most bang for the buck.”
The Mill Creek City Council approved the Pavement Preservation Program’s $2.5 million budget for 2013 as part of the 2013-2019 Capital Facilities Plan and also in the 2013-2014 Biennial Budget. However, the City Council still has to approve each individual aspect of the program as part of their fiduciary responsibility.
The Mill Creek City Council approved the first part of the Pavement Preservation Program at the January 8, 2013, City Council meeting. The City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution authorizing the Mill Creek City Manager, Ken Anderson, to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Snohomish County for the 164th Street SE overlay. City Engineer Smith estimates Mill Creek’s portion of this project will cost approximately $250,000 after applying the Federal Highways grant.
The Mill Creek City Council had a spirited discussion regarding the next part of the Pavement Preservation Program at the January 22nd City Council meeting.
City Engineer Smith came to the City Council meeting to get approval for an engineering design contract for upgrading the sidewalk-to-road curb ramps along the overlay routes to be compliant with the latest American Disability Act (ADA) standards as required by Federal Law. City Engineer Smith estimated this work would cost no more than $180,000.
Councilmembers Donna Michelson, Mark Harmsworth and Bart Masterson all balked at the cost and questioned Smith about alternate approaches including increasing the City’s engineering staff to handle the work or delaying the work.
City Engineer Smith and Public Works Director Gathmann explained that City headcount has been kept deliberately low for budget reasons and that delaying the work would cost more in the long run.
In the end the City Council voted unanimously to approve the consultant design contract as originally specified.
Two additional aspects of the Pavement Preservation Program will be brought to the City Council in the next month or so as follows:
- Construction contract for road to sidewalk curb ramp American Disability Act (ADA) upgrades.
- Interlocal agreement with Snohomish County for engineering and construction of remaining Mill Creek overlays.