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A request for your help; info on Dayton Street project | City Corner


Last updated 3/30/2019 at Noon

Now that our weather is improving (yay!) I have a couple things I'd like to bring to your attention.

From the 20-degree days and the significant snowfall last month to the record-setting near-80-degree days of this month, it has been quite a transition from winter to spring. Unusually, we have experienced very little rainfall during that transition.

Typically, western Washington experiences a snow event late in the winter season that provides a couple of days of challenging snow and ice conditions followed by a few days of rain that expedites the snow melt and facilitates the cleanup.

That did not happen this time.

The City's snow response in February went on for almost two weeks, during which our staff worked over 675 hours of overtime in a 24/7 response effort. Due to the long duration and fluctuating temperatures, the event required continuous applications of sand and anti-ice product to keep our streets safe.

This effort left a lot of sand on our streets and sidewalks.

Over the past month, the City's two sweepers have been running long hours, often starting very early to get access to the curb lines prior to downtown filling with cars. These efforts are ongoing and will continue until all this sand has been picked up from city streets.

This is where you come in.

Our street sweepers can only pick up material that is in the street. We have no way to reach up onto the sidewalks to remove sand, and there is a lot of sand on our sidewalks due to the length of the recent snow event.

The City would like to encourage property owners and business owners to sweep the sand on their sidewalks into the curb line to allow us to collect it. We prefer this be done with a broom rather than a blower.

This material is very dry and contains a lot of dust. Blowing is noisy and creates air pollution. Your help would be much appreciated. Also, if anyone needs an added incentive, City code requires property owners to maintain sidewalks adjacent to their property.

You should also know we are currently in a mode of responding to street-sweeping requests. If your road segment has somehow been missed, please notify the Public Works department at 425-771-0235 or e-mail us at pw@edmondswa.gov.

Dayton Street Utility Project 2019-2020

We will be starting the next big Public Works project in May. This $8 million project will replace/upgrade the City's water, sewer, and drainage systems on Dayton Street from just west of Third Avenue South east all the way to Ninth Avenue South.

During 2019 (May-November) we will focus on the section between Third and Fifth. In 2020, we will be working between Fifth and Ninth. The work to be accomplished includes:

  • Replacing storm and water piping between Third and Ninth
  • Replacing the sewer main between Third and Fifth
  • Rehabilitating the sewer main between Fifth and Ninth with a trenchless, cured-in place pipe process
  • Constructing new ADA ramps at Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth
  • Adding new sidewalk between Seventh and Eighth on the south side of Dayton
  • Reconfiguring the intersection of Eighth and Dayton to calm traffic and increase safety
  • Full street reconstruction of from curb to curb between Third and Sixth
  • Full-width Pavement overlay between Sixth and Ninth.

This is a large project in a small footprint. We will do everything we can to minimize disruption, noise, and impacts to traffic circulation but it will still seem like a long and difficult project to those who live or work nearby.

We will maintain at least one lane of flagged traffic at almost all times. Some brief one-block closures may be necessary to make certain key connections or crossings. We will keep all sidewalks open for pedestrian access.

Businesses along this route will be open and will certainly want your continued patronage. These are difficult projects for everyone involved.

We promise to keep working throughout to make sure that all relevant information about the project's progress and schedule is readily available to everyone. Check the City's website for updates frequently.

Phil Williams is Edmonds' Public Works director.


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