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SE 27th Street Stormwater Upgrade Project
The Town will begin work to construct a stormwater conveyance system on SE 27th Street through private and community owned property along SE 27th Street from its intersection with 104th Ave SE to its western terminus at Lake Washington. Most of this portion of SE 27th Street is owned by the Western Academy of Beaux Arts (WABA).
Currently, stormwater runoff flows along the unpaved portion of this steep street causing significant erosion of the right-of-way and potential damage to the road and carrying sediment into Lake Washington. Protecting SE 27th Street is critical to the Town because it is the only road to the wellheads that supply water to Town residents, and access is necessary for maintenance of that system. In addition, the water-supply line and signal wire that connect to the Town’s water tank run through this corridor. Protecting SE 27th Street is important to WABA, because this street provides the only ingress/egress for several homes and is one of only two roads with access to WABA's private beach. Because of these joint interests, WABA has granted a construction easement to the Town for the proposed work.
This project was identified in the Town's 2015 Stormwater Management Plan, but the cost to perform the work was prohibitive. Thanks to the efforts of Councilmember Stowe, the Town obtained funding through a FEMA grant (administered through the State of Washington) to complete this needed work.
The Town conducted an Open House in January 2020. Mayor Gillem, Councilmember Stowe, and Town Engineer Schroeder gave a brief presentation to residents and answered questions. The drawings displayed during this Open House were very preliminary.
90% Design drawings for this project are posted below. Bids for the project were received in late March. The Town Council reviewed all bids at their April meeting, awarding the contract to Bonner Brothers Construction.
From now until late May, Town staff are currently working with the contractor to locate underground utilities prior to starting actual field construction. During this period, you will notice field locators and on-site meetings with various project participants along the project corridor.
We anticipate a June 1st start date. Resident living along the affected section of SE 27th Street are encouraged who want to relocate plantings or other improvements from the right-of-way are encouraged to begin doing so as soon as possible, and certainly no later than June 1st.
We will be reaching out as more detailed information becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Town Engineer Stacia Schroeder at 206.276.8922.