City Briefs for week of Aug. 21

Aug 21, 2013

Chennault Beach Road to get chip seal

The city has added more roads to its 2013 chip seal schedule: Repairs and chip seal on and around Chennault Beach Road start this week.

Portions of Chennault Beach Road, 47th Avenue W. and 107th Street will be repaired first, followed by a chip seal in September. The repair and chip seal work are expected to take 2-3 days each.

The city has hired Island Asphalt and Siteworks and Doolittle Construction LLC to do the repairs and chip seal, respectively, for a total of $143,500.

Staff said the project will cause some delays and parking restrictions. Notices will be posted on the streets prior to the start of work.

Mukilteo City Council on Aug. 5 authorized Mayor Joe Marine to sign contracts for the road projects.

About 820 square yards of street will be patched with asphalt, then all of the identified portions of road in “very poor condition” will be double chip sealed, staff said.

This summer, many roads in Old Town, as well as on Washington Avenue and Goat Trail Road, were chip sealed.

Chip sealing involves laying a layer of oil, covering it with about 3/8 inch of clean rock chips and seating them with a roller, then adding a seal coat of oil.

Double chip seal adds a second layer to roads that need it. Another black seal is added later to smooth out the road.

Chip seal is estimated to last 7-10 years and cost an eighth of what repairing a road with asphalt costs.

Roads in Mukilteo are chip sealed on a rotating schedule in July and August.

City to install wall to prevent slides

The city will soon make repairs to a slope on the 6100 block of 92nd Street that was hit by a major mudslide in December.

City staff plans to have a contractor install a wall in October to prevent a failure in the road. Half of 92nd Street was closed for some time after the December slide.

In the aftermath, staff hired a consultant to evaluate the slope and help with repairs. The design of the wall is done, and now staff has gone to bid for the project.

Staff is scheduled to bring the bids to the City Council on Sept. 16.

As designed, the wall will be made from a series of steel beams placed vertically and deep into stable ground. Wood lagging will be placed between the beams. The wall is estimated to cost $80,000 to install.

The city had a similar wall constructed on Mukilteo Lane in 2010.

Included in the project is the installation of a drainage pipe in the ditch on the other side of 92nd Street. The pipe is designed to help keep stormwater from percolating under the road.

Staff said these two measures will reduce the probability of future slope failures.

Construction is expected to take about 2-3 weeks to complete, staff said, during which time there will be detours and traffic delays on 92nd Street.

Sounder platform construction starts soon

Sound Transit will start the construction of a second platform for the Mukilteo Sounder Station in the coming weeks.

The addition of a southern platform to Mukilteo’s commuter rail station had been put on hold since 2009, due to issues with the transfer of the Mukilteo Tank Farm.

Now, Sound Transit is waiting for approval from BNSF Railway for two temporary crossings. It expects to get that approval in 3-7 weeks, ST representatives said.

Once it gets approval from BNSF, Sound Transit can finally complete the Sounder Station, along the existing tracks.

Mukilteo Station was divided into two projects: the north platform and the south platform.

The completed project will consist of the north and south platforms, stairs, elevator towers for both platforms, a pedestrian bridge over the tracks, shelters and public art.

The bridge will allow southbound and northbound Sounder trains to use separate tracks, making for an easier commute.

The first platform has been in operation since 2008. It serves both northbound and southbound passengers.

The second platform, estimated to cost $11.1 million, is expected to be completed by fall of 2014.

Two platforms likely won’t increase train ridership, but it will increase efficiency, flexibility and maximize Sound Transit’s use of the tracks, representatives said.

The construction may cause some traffic delays on Front Street and SR-525.

Mukilteo Lane will be closed at times. No pedestrians will be allowed.

Mukilteo joins affordable housing committee

Mukilteo has joined an interjurisdictional committee to help meet affordable housing needs within Snohomish County.

Eleven cities, Snohomish County and the Housing Authority of Snohomish County are forming the Alliance of Housing Affordability, which will lead a cooperative effort to develop more low-income housing near jobs, transit and services throughout the county.

The cities of Everett, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, Snohomish, Mill Creek and Granite Falls have also joined or are looking into joining.

Mukilteo City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Joe Marine to sign an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) to join the committee.

The 13 jurisdictions received a $100,000 grant ($50,000 per year for two years) from the Gates Foundation to offset the cost of their committee efforts.

The participants will create and fund the committee for two years. It will cost Mukilteo about $1,200 per year.

The new committee, with the help of a housing expert, will provide a venue for interjurisdictional cooperation and outreach to meet housing needs in the county.

It will also advocate for housing issues and resources, work to retain existing subsidized housing, and facilitate the building of more affordable housing.

-Sara Bruestle

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