While a stretch of 212th Street Southwest between 52nd and 61st Avenue West is open again, city officials caution that repair work to a broken water main beneath the major commuter roadway is far from done.
A City of Lynnwood water main located underground approximately 400 feet east of 60th Avenue West failed on Nov. 1, causing “considerable roadway damage” to 212th Street Southwest on the Lynnwood/Mountlake Terrace border. Work crew completed emergency repairs to the water main that morning; surface repairs continued to the roadway, including a three-day closure this past week.
Mountlake Terrace city officials announced on Friday that major work on 212th Street Southwest has been completed, but additional work will continue. “Minor repairs over the next few weeks may include lane closures and detours,” stated the Nov. 20 Mountlake Terrace City Manager’s Report.
City officials do not expect that another full closure of 212th Street Southwest will be necessary this winter, but noted that the water main will need work come spring 2016. “Given the type of pipe material and age of the system, it may become necessary and appropriate to replace some or all of the existing water main pipe,” stated the Engineering Services page of the City of Lynnwood website.
The water main break not only damaged 212th Street Southwest but left seven residential properties in the Lynnwood city limits without water service. The Lynnwood parcels are now being supplied water service via a Mountlake Terrace water main; The City of Lynnwood is paying for the service in concordance with an agreement between the two municipalities approved this month.
The roadway serves as a major corridor between Highway 99 to the west and Brier and portions of Snohomish County to the east.
— Story and photo Doug Petrowski