NE 178th Street construction detour to last a few more weeks

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

The NE 178th Street sidewalk project is making great progress. Work on the unopened street segment between Brookside Boulevard and 37th Avenue NE will continue for the next several weeks.

The project is currently on time and under budget, and the following elements of the project design are complete: 1) the streets surrounding Brookside Elementary School were reopened by the beginning of the school year; 2) the contractor was out of the creeks by the September “fish window” end date; and, 3) the McAleer Creek Culvert was replaced with a larger, more fish-friendly design of greater capacity.

Because of completed work in other areas of the project, the site configuration leaves no other place to store equipment and materials except the Brookside Boulevard to 37th Avenue NE roadway segment.

The project design firm, Gray and Osborne, Inc., set aside 140 work days for construction duration. While hopeful for an earlier completion, it may not be possible.

With major funding from the “Safe Routes to Schools” program, the Transportation Improvement Board, and federal funding, this project brings approximately seven blocks of new sidewalk to Brookside Elementary School, a separate uphill bike lane on NE 178th Street, and two pedestrian-actuated crossing signals. Further, the project provides for testing pervious concrete paving on some of the sidewalk and some “green” drainage features.


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