A construction crew drilling test holes for the new traffic signal at the intersection of 132nd Street SE and 44th Avenue SE accidently punctured a PSE natural gas line at about 4 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Traffic was halted for several hours until the gas line could be repaired.
According to Mill Creek's website, “Due to a large amount of escaping gas, 132nd Street SE was closed from 35th Avenue SE east to Seattle Hill Road by emergency responders. The closure, which occurred during the evening commute, caused significant traffic congestion impacting the northern area of Mill Creek.”
“By 7:00 p.m. three lanes of 132nd Street were reopened, and shortly thereafter all east and west bound lanes were open for vehicle traffic.”
The new traffic signal is part of Polygon Northwest’s new mixed-use development in Mill Creek's East Gateway Urban Village. The single entrance to the new development will be at this location.