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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Mill Creek City Council Approves Overlay of Neighborhoods Impacted by Chip Seal

The Mill Creek City Council made the decision at its March 14 meeting to move forward with overlay work in four neighborhoods that were negatively impacted by chip seal pavement preservation work.

Existing pavement will be ground down and new pavement applied in the Wildflower and Mill Park Village neighborhoods, and in two Heatherwood West neighborhoods, including 26th Avenue SE and the “Racetrack” area comprising 27th Drive SE and 28th Avenue SE.

“The exact timing of this work is yet to be determined, as some inspection and storm water work needs to occur in advance of the pavement work,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto.

In the Wildlflower and Mill Park Village neighborhoods, CCTV inspection of storm water pipes will be scheduled for June 2017 to determine if pipe repairs or replacement are necessary. The City also will work with utility providers to determine if any utility work is planned for the area that must be addressed before paving. If not, the City will work with the paving contractor to schedule overlay work for late summer. If repair or replacement work must occur, the timing would be determined during the City’s Capital Improvement Plan work in 2017.

On 26th Avenue SE, previous scoping work indicated that there are significant storm water pipe repairs and utility coordination work that must occur before the roadway can be repaired.

“The storm water pipe repairs and utility work require the street surface to be torn up. Consequently, it is logical and fiscally responsible that we only repair the pavement once,” said Polizzotto. “This work also will be determined during the CIP planning this year.”

Based on previous City Council discussions, the recommendation from City staff did not initially include the Racetrack area. However, Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw noted that residents from Heatherwood West had raised concerns about the chip seal work that was completed in 2013.

“The concerns raised by residents in the Racetrack neighborhood are similar to those raised by Wildflower and Mill Park Village,” said Holtzclaw. “Our policy is to treat all the neighborhoods the same. In terms of fixing the past use of chip seal, it was important to include these Heatherwood West neighborhoods.”

With Holtzclaw’s input, the recommendation that was accepted by the Council included the Racetrack area. The City is now working to identify any previous scoping work that may have occurred in the Racetrack area. The findings will determine the process and timing for moving forward with pavement retrofit.

Each neighborhood impacted by the pavement overlay work will be put out bid and actual costs presented to the City Council for approval. However, the funding will come from the Real Estate Excise Tax fund.

As the work in each neighborhood approaches, the City will communicate proactively with homeowners to share impacts and timelines.

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