Latest ‘Mt. Bothell’ sign takes a dig at dirt pile near Crossroads Project

During the winter, someone placed a "Ski Mt. Bothell" sign on the fence near the covered dirt pile at the corner of Bothell Way Northeast and Northeast 180th Street.

Someone recently placed this sign at the corner of Bothell Way Northeast and Northeast 180th Street.

During the winter, someone placed a “Ski Mt. Bothell” sign on the fence near the covered dirt pile at the corner of Bothell Way Northeast and Northeast 180th Street.

Recently, someone attached a new sign, which reads: “Mt. Bothell Slip-N-Slide Park. Open July 2012.” (It lists the dirt pile’s elevation as 15 feet high.)

Deputy City Manager Steve Anderson said it’s a prank and the sign will have to be removed because it doesn’t conform to code.

The dirt pile is at the western edge of where the city’s Crossroads Project is situated. The project calls for the realignment of Bothell Way Northeast (or State Route 522) through the former Bothell Landing area, creating two new downtown blocks that will extend Main Street with new pedestrian-oriented development.

Anderson spoke with project manager Ryan Roberts about the status of the dirt pile, and Roberts noted that the contractor plans to have the dirt moved by the end of August. The contractor first has to take care of some stream channels and some other environmental work to prepare the site for dirt work, according to Anderson.

The city estimates the Crossroads Project to be completed by June 2014.

Crossroads is part of Bothell’s downtown revitalization, which is aimed at 529 acres at a cost of $150 million in planned infrastructure improvements.

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