Construction starts Thursday on 228th Street Southeast

Work crews begin short-term construction at 7:30 a.m. and need good weather to finish by Feb. 8.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:08pm
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The city of Bothell recently announced construction, starting on Jan. 31, may cause delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays on 228th Street Southeast near 15th Avenue Southeast in Canyon Park.

The eastbound lane will close just before the intersection with 15th Avenue Southeast and most of the westbound turn lane closed, although vehicles will be able to enter the left turn lane to make turns just before the intersection.

Starting at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 31, no parking will be allowed on 15th Avenue Southeast south of 228th Street Southeast where posted.

All lanes will be reopen by 3:30 p.m. for the evening commute. However, the city warned that crews will need dry weather to finish the work, but if the weather cooperates, work requiring traffic impacts may be complete by Feb. 8.

The lane closures are needed to build a project intended to deal with groundwater and rain that has been “puddling” and freezing in the center of 228th Street Southeast just east of 15th Avenue Southeast. The project includes installing two catch basins and a French drain to collect the water into the storm drain system.

The mayor has signed a local proclamation of emergency that allowed staff to hire a contractor quickly. Council is scheduled to formally ratify the proclamation on Feb. 5.

A long-term future project will rebuild 228th and deal with the settling of the road. That project may include a more robust drainage system if needed.

In the meantime, when temperatures dip below freezing, crews are taking steps to deal with and prevent icing at 228th Street Southeast.

Crews apply de-icer before freezing temperatures are forecast and apply sand and salt after ice forms since groundwater washes the de-icer away.

“We’ve posted “watch for ice” signs. These have been moved to the sidewalk to minimize impacts to bicyclists,” the city said in a press release. “Please use extra caution in the area when temperatures dip. Slow down and use extra caution in construction zones.”

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