Sidewalk repair and street overlay on Meridian

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Construction will start in March 2017 for major street work on Meridian Avenue between N 190th St and N 205th Street.


Sections of sidewalk were replaced, then repaired
as tree roots raised the pavement. Now the repair is
crumbling. Photo by Steven H. Robinson

As part of the pavement preservation program of the City of Shoreline, the project will grind and overlay the existing asphalt pavement on Meridian Avenue N from N 190th Street to N 205th Street.

Orange cone marks raised sidewalk
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Sidewalk improvements will take place at the same time on both sides of Meridian. Roots from the street trees have been lifting up the sidewalk, making it dangerous for pedestrians. Efforts have been made to rebuild parts of the damaged sidewalk, but now those are damaged as well.

The existing trees were growing into the power lines and have been severely pruned by Seattle City Light, in accordance to their guidelines.

The trees will be removed and replaced with trees that are better suited to the conditions.

Eleven trees will be removed in total.

One is on the east side of Meridian and the rest are on the west side.

All the adjoining homeowners have been notified.

After the trees have been removed, the damaged portions of the sidewalk will be replaced.

The replacement trees will be smaller with trunks about 2 inches in diameter and will take about five years to mature.

Construction will start in March and be complete in July 2017.

In a separate project, the curb ramps will be upgraded to meet ADA requirements.

The curb ramps are being upgraded with federal funds from Safe Routes to School grants. The project will install a concrete walkway from Echo Lake Elementary school on the south side of 195th from Wallingford to Meridian.

ADA ramps will be installed to make the sidewalks accessible. There will be a crossing light on Meridian with a 4-5 foot refuge island in the middle of the street. Posts with beacons will flash when the crosswalk is activated.

This work will start in the summer, after school is out.


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