City Council awards contracts for MLT street projects

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The Mountlake Terrace City Council awarded two contracts for city street projects at its Oct. 7 meeting, one to repave and reconfigure 228th Street Southwest and Cedar Way/44th Avenue in the area of recent construction, and the other to design roadway, utilities and streetlights in the “Main Street Project” area of the city.

Razz Construction of Bellingham was selected to finish off the Eastside Water Main replacement project that had begun last summer. The construction firm will remove old pavement and replace it with new asphalt and overlays on 228th Street Southwest from 39th Avenue West to Cedar Way/44th Avenue West, then on Cedar Way/44th Avenue West from 227th Street Southwest to approximately 232nd Street Southwest. The contract also calls for Razz Construction to install five crosswalks with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons around the city.

Razz Construction was selected for the work among five bidders; the Bellingham firm had the lowest of the five bids at $1,713,570. The city will pay for the work using funds granted by the state and federal governments, funds from the city’s Street Construction, Stormwater, Water and Sewer funds, and funds from the City of Brier, who is covering work on 228th Street Southwest within its city limits just east of 39th Avenue West.

The affected roadways will all be reconfigured to include center left-turn lanes and bicycle lanes on each curb. Construction on the project is expected to begin in November, with final paving scheduled for spring, 2014.

KPG of Seattle was selected by city officials to design the “Main Street Project” that will bring changes to 56th Avenue West, from 230th Street Southwest south to 236th Street Southwest, then west on 236th Street Southwest to I-5. The project will also include a few blocks of 232nd and 234th Streets Southwest in the vicinity, in addition to preliminary plans for a new Gateway Boulevard roadway to be built from 236th Street Southwest south to the Gateway Plaza business district at 244th Street Southwest.

KPG will be designing roadway reconstruction, stormwater systems, the undergrounding of power lines, street lighting and street signals with the project area. The firm will also include preliminary plans for potential underground energy pipelines. Total cost to the city for their services is expected to be $1,447,596, with funds coming from a variety of state and federal grants and appropriations, plus the city’s Transportation Benefit District vehicle license tab collections.

City officials pointed out that KPG’s previous work has included designing the City of Auburn Main Street Promenade, the Duvall Town Center, the Burien Town Square and the Snoqualmie Town Center.

Once design work on the “Main Street Project” is complete the city will begin accepting construction bids on the project, likely in March 2015.

— Story by Doug Petrowski

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