City to study wetland for road extension project | City brief

Apr 23, 2014

A tiny wetland discovered while working on a project to extend Harbour Reach Drive has become a costly issue.

In 2008, the city purchased two parcels at the 13100 block of Beverly Park Road for the Harbour Reach Drive Extension project. The city needed to own a portion of right-of-way for the project.

It now wishes to sell the portion of the property not needed for the right-of-way.

However, since there is a wetland, off-site mitigation is necessary to maximize the value of the property, according to city staff.

The City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Gregerson to sign a contract with Perteet Engineering for $40,000 to create a mitigation plan for a 15-square-foot wetland.

In 2012, the city paid $5,200 to Perteet to determine if the wetland was in fact a wetland. Engineers categorized it as a “low value” wetland, staff said. It has no standing water.

As such, staff has identified a wetland in the Japanese Gulch as a possible mitigation site.

The city would like to fill the wetland and complete off-site mitigation, but its staff doesn’t have the expertise to create the plan for it, staff said. That’s where Perteet comes in.

After the study, staff will need to return to the council to request funds to complete the mitigation.

The Harbour Reach Drive Extension Project includes a 300-foot footbridge and a 0.70-mile-long road parallel to Mukilteo Speedway that connects Harbour Pointe Boulevard to Beverly Park Road.

The project is designed to relieve congestion on SR-525 at the Harbour Pointe Boulevard S.W. and Beverly Park Road intersections and improve connections for vehicles and pedestrians.

-Sara Bruestle

Comments (1)
Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Apr 24, 2014 03:40

"Engineers categorized it as a “low value” wetland, staff said.  There are no "low value wetlands".  It has no standing water."  Maybe at the time they looked at it....just like the wetlands on Raymond Ridge and the one adjacent to my home that was noted as "throw away property"....and filled, now filled with standing, stagnant, ill smelling bacteria ridden water and causing a sink hole situation from the fill that was brought in and trapped water.

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