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Fremont Siphon Replacement Project Breaks Ground

March 28th, 2015 by master

The recently demolished building and future site of King County’s new odor control facility

On Monday March 16th the Fremont Siphon Replacement Project began with the demolition of the former Praxair building at NW 36th Ave and 2nd Ave NW. The extensive project is expected to take two years and Fremonsters can expect to see several phases of construction and closures. King County is overseeing the replacement of the Fremont Siphon, a major sewer pipe that runs under the Ship Canal between Fremont and Queen Anne, and hosted a series of public meeting and open houses in the lead up to the project.

During a community meeting at the Fremont Library on March 2nd, the King County team presented an overview of the project including construction timelines, closures, detours, and what community members could expect during construction. Several residents of Canal Street expressed concerns as the west end of NW Canal Street and 2nd Ave NW will be closed during a duration of construction. A portion of parking along NW Canal Street will be temporarily eliminated to provide two way access and a turn around. Community planners addressed these concerns and noted residents’ feedback.

What does the Fremont Siphon do?

The Fremont Siphon has provided safe, reliable sewer service to north Seattle and other cities in north King County for decades. Sewage and stormwater from more than 100 square miles of pass through the Fremont Siphon every year to be cleaned and safely discharged at the County’s treatment plant in Magnolia. During storms, the pipe carries up to 220 million gallons per day, making it one of the most heavily used pipes in the regional sewer system.

The existing Siphon is nearly 100 years old and has reached the end of its of service life. The new pipes will ensure north Seattle and northern King County continue to enjoy safe, reliable sewer service for decades.

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

Here are some of the biggest impacts for Fremonsters:

  •  Work hours are Monday- Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm as necessary.
  • There will be increased activity and noise throughout the duration of the project.
  • A long-term Burke-Gilman Trail detour will come into effect after the project begins. This detour will be paved and take cyclists and pedestrians slightly closer to the Canal for approximately the distance of a block before rejoining the trail.
  • As the contractor prepares to install the new pipe 2nd Ave NW will be closed for a time.
  • The west end of NW Canal Street will be closed at the same time as 2nd Ave NW and remain closed during the next phase when crews connect the siphon.

A new odor control facility will be constructed on the site of the former Praxair building. The surrounding space will be restored with vegetation and given a “park-like” feel. Beginning in 2013 King County planners work with the Fremont community to design a facility with community input. For more in-depth details about the final design visit this page.

King County will continue to engage the community for the duration of the Fremont Siphon Project. A 24-hour project information line is available for questions or concerns at (206) 205-5428. Updates will be made available at www.kingcounty.gov/fremontsiphon and the project team can be reached there as well.

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

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Weekend Closures March 28-29th

March 27th, 2015 by master

There will be closures on the Fremont Bridge and SR 99 over the weekend. Read on for specific times and locations:

The Fremont Bridge will be closed Friday night to enable painters to access the area underneath and behind the counter-weight for the bridge’s southern span.  The southern span will be raised and kept upright, except at 1:20AM and 2:20AM, when pedestrians and bicyclists will be allowed to cross.

Highway construction and a regular inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close portions of SR 99 through Seattle during the weekend of March 27-29. Lane closures along both directions of SR 99 begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27. By 10 p.m., SR 99 will be closed between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.

The Fremont Bridge pre-painting.

SR 99 closure details

7 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30

  • Seattle Public Utilities crews will close two northbound lanes and one southbound lane of SR 99 between Ward Street and Highland Drive from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
  • WSDOT and SDOT contractor crews will close SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29

  • WSDOT bridge inspection crews will conduct a scheduled inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel.

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SR 99 Closes Tonight, Long Term Closure Postponed

March 9th, 2015 by master

Image from SDOT looking north on Aurora Ave N in August, 2014

WSDOT announced the long-term lane closures on SR 99/Aurora Avenue North slated to begin this Wednesday March 11th will be postponed. Northbound SR 99 will still completely close from 10pm tonight until 6am tomorrow between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. Tonight’s project allows contractor crews to straighten the curve in the highway near Mercer Street.

The postponed long term closures would have closed one lane going both directions for approximately two months followed by a single southbound lane closure for one month.

These closures were needed to install several large sign foundations for the SR 99 North Access project. While this work must occur, it will be rescheduled to a later date in an effort to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The public will be alerted in advance of any future lane closures.

WSDOT has not announced when the closures will be rescheduled or if the closure plans will be amended. Questions can be directed to viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463) or visit www.AlaskanWayViaduct.org.

 

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Fremont Bridge Lane Closures for Facelift

August 11th, 2014 by master

SDOT began work this week to paint the Fremont Bridge which is no easy task considering the immensity of the project itself along with the bevy of boats, bikers, walkers, and of course, vehicles that cross the bridge every hour. Here are the most important details about the closures:

Beginning this Monday and continuing for the next several weeks the northbound traffic lane and east-side walkway will be closed from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday.

There may also be a couple of weekend closures the first of which will occur on September 6-7th. However, these closures are only scheduled for the wee hours of the morning. From 3am-6am on Saturday and 12am to 6am on Sunday. (Heads up bar-goers crossing from Queen Anne!)

You can find the full project description here as well as this great explanation about how tricky it is to repaint a bridge here, both from SDOT.

We are also pretty big fans of the Fremont Bridge here at Fremont Universe, check out our post about the bridge for more fun facts.

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