Work crews make progress on gas main extension project in MLT

Work on 56th Street Southwest continues.
Work on 56th Street Southwest continues. (Photos by Doug Petrowski)

56th Street work, Sept. 26 006 Gas line pipes, Sept. 26 002Crews from Puget Sound Energy have now reached the downtown core area of Mountlake Terrace with a gas main extension project that began at the King-Snohomish County line during the summer.

Work on the placing the gas pipeline beneath 56th Avenue West has progressed northward and will continue to approximately 230th Street Southwest.

The project is moving ahead without the need for street closures, although drivers are advised to watch for lane restrictions and occasional delays in the work zone. Normal work hours on the project are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.



  1. As I am out campaigning in that neighborhood, what I hear the most is the question of when the street pavement will be re-done so the road isn’t uneven and bumpy. That’s a great question. I’m FOR getting an answer quick.

  2. Well, from the looks of some helpful photos they’re between 236th and 232nd, roughly at 234th, and they have four more blocks to go until they’re at 230th, as the article states. I think they proceeded northward at a pace of around two residential property-widths per day.

    Then they’ll likely smooth over what they did, and maybe even brush the sidewalks of all the little pebbles their work has thrown in front of local businesses like mine.

    While working in front of my building, they broke an irrigation line in one of my sidewalk planters, couldn’t fix it themselves, and made me call someone to have the work done, after which I had to submit for reimbursement. It hasn’t been a picnic.

    And yet getting answers ‘quick’ doesn’t help move them along. They’ll get it done and our lives won’t be seriously disrupted in the process. I’ve had a couple of two-minute delays getting to and from work and we had a bit of a challenge getting a client out of our parking lot when they were working out in front of it. The client got out just fine.

    My two cents would be to leave them alone and allow them to finish, which they very shortly will. But then, I’m not running for anything.

  3. The city is a group of neighborhoods full of neighbors, all of whom have insights and opinions which should matter to the people who represent them on council. I have learned a great deal about what troubles particular neighborhoods and all neighborhoods in general it seems. What surprises so many, me included, is how many of these very real concerns, like street conditionss, storm drains, playground equipment and tall buildings are consistently outside the conversational orbit of those spending most of their time at city hall.

    On that last one, I think it was Bob Smith who, earlier this year, put his finger right on what others are still saying. He explained quite succinctly the land use economics’ premises which work profitably within the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown and why. Maybe Mr. Kramer knows him, but I haven’t run into him yet. He sounds like a shrewd observer of what passes for development, AKA Economic Vitality, in MLT. Maybe he’ll chime in. I wonder what he thinks about all the dollars the city is quietly committing current taxpayers to pay back in order to invest in infrastructure inducements to promote in one small neighborhood among the many in our town.

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