Main Street construction to start next month

The Bothell City Council unanimously approved four contracts related to the reconstruction of Main Street on March 7.

Westwater Construction Company will be paid more than $4.3 million for the Main Street Enhancement Phase One construction; KBA Inc. will be paid $430,500 for on-call construction management services; and BergerABAM will be paid $189,299 for construction engineering support services and $29,158 for engineering design services.

Funding for Main Street Enhancement Phase One comes from a $4.7 million Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant, a $986,000 federal design grant, $62,569 from the Main Street Enhancement Capital Fund and $295,000 from the Water Utility Fund.

The project is part of Bothell’s Downtown Revitalization Plan, intended to make the historic section of downtown a viable and attractive location to work, live, visit and shop. The project has two phases; the first is from Bothell Way NE and 102nd Avenue NE, and the second is from 102nd Avenue NE to 104th Avenue NE/Kaysner Way.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the phase one construction is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 28 on Main Street between 101st Avenue NE and 102nd Avenue NE. Rain or shine, attendees should expect coffee, pastries and community leaders’ remarks.

Construction will begin in early April and is scheduled to be completed in November, just before the holiday shopping season. There is a $30,000 incentive in the contract for Westwater to reach that deadline.

“I believe they’re very motivated to get that incentive,” Bothell Senior Civil Engineer Nduta Mbuthia, who is overseeing the project, said.

During construction, pedestrian access to storefronts will be maintained for the majority of the time, and city staff are encouraging business owners to make use of their back entrances for customers. Visitors to downtown Bothell are encouraged to park in the city hall garage, at 18415 101st Ave. NE.

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