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Mill Creek's 35th Avenue SE reconstruction project may get additional state funding

Flooding periodically closes 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.
Flooding periodically closes 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

March 2, 2018, update.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Washington State House earmarked $500,000 of additional state funding for Mill Creek’s 35th Avenue SE reconstruction project in their version of the Supplemental Transportation budget. This matches the amount approved by the Senate the week before.

The Senate and House versions of the Supplemental Transportation Budget will be reconciled in the next few weeks.

Original February 23, 2018, article.

Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs, Democrat-Lake Stevens, announced on February 21, 2018, that $500,000 of additional state funding for Mill Creek’s 35th Avenue SE reconstruction project is in the Senate’s version of the Supplemental Transportation Budget.

This will be on top of the $4.75 million budget already allocated by the state for this project.

“This fix is something the community has asked for and something this community needs,” Hobbs said.

“It’s exciting to see this project through. I can’t stress how wonderful a partner the City of Mill Creek has been throughout the process.”

“This is one more example of our area making critical investments in our infrastructure and elected officials working together to deliver on behalf of all of the people we represent.”

The state House of Representatives hasn’t yet included the additional funding in their version of the 2018 Supplemental Transportation Budget.

The Senate and the House will reconcile their budgets in the next few weeks.

City of Mill Creek Marketing and Communications Director Joni Kirk said in an email, “We are optimistic about securing this additional funding for this much-needed project in Mill Creek and are grateful for Sen. Hobb’s efforts to secure this funding.”

A section of 35th Avenue SE has been slowly settling into the Thomas Lake peat bog at Penny Creek for decades. Periodic flooding causes detours for thousands of motorists when the road has to be closed a few times per year.

The City of Mill Creek hired KPFF Consulting Engineers in 2014 to design a fix to reconstruct the roadway so that it will stay put in the future.

The project will effectively construct a bridge by driving many small pin piles through the peat to solid ground with a concrete slab on top. The road will also be elevated a few feet to be above flood waters and a new stormwater system will improve Penny Creek’s water quality.

Kirk wrote, “We’re currently finalizing the design to get the project bid-ready (we’re about 95% done).”

“Advertising the project for construction bids will occur in March; we are planning on a three-week advertising program with plans to start construction in April (at the earliest), assuming contractor availability.”

Hopefully the project will be completed in time for the fall rains.

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