Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Fall 2014

COMP Plan to be Updated

COMP PlanThe City’s Comprehensive Plan is being updated to refresh the information and make any needed modifications.   Under state law, the deadline for updating is mid-2015.

Based on City Council direction, the update will follow a tight schedule and also invite public input.

Each existing Plan element is being reviewed for needed changes, especially to incorporate more recent Census data.  The review will consider future needs for transportation, population, jobs, and other needs out through 2035.  The current Comprehensive Plan only goes through 2025.

The first update recommended by the Planning Board after a public meeting is for the Sustainability Element.   The next element under consideration is for housing. 

In the spring of 2015, a transportation update will be proposed.  Transportation is the element most likely to be rewritten, rather than just getting minor amendments.   It will include new information from a study being done of the SR 104 corridor.

The existing Comprehensive Plan can be viewed on the City’s website.   Information about the 2015 updates and related public meetings will be posted periodically.  To confirm specific Plan update meetings for the Planning Board or City Council, check the City’s Meeting Agenda webpage or contact the Development Services Department at 425.771.0220.

Draft updates for each Plan element will be reviewed one-by-one over the next few months.  Actual adoption will be scheduled after all elements have been reviewed.  That’s because under state law, a Comprehensive Plan can generally be amended no more than once per year and all elements must be consistent with each other.

The Comprehensive Plan serves as an overall guide for city regulations, policies, planning, and capital facilities.

Public Works & Parks and Recreation Projects

The City of Edmonds’ Public Works and Parks & Recreation Departments are currently working on numerous Capital Improvement Projects throughout the City.  Below you will find a brief description of each project and the current status.


TRANSPORTATION & WALKWAYS

228th Corridor Improvements / SR-99 Phase 3
The project will construct the missing link of roadway on 228th St SW from SR-99 to 76th Ave W. and install two new traffic signals at the intersections of SR-99/228th St. SW and 76th Ave. W. / 228th St. SW. The center median will be extended on a portion of SR-99 to restrict left turns (from southbound SR-99 onto 76th Ave. W) and improve corridor safety. Various utility upgrades will be completed as well as an overlay along a stretch of 228th St. SW and on 76th Ave. W from 228th St. SW to SR-99. Light poles will be added along Hwy. 99 from 220th St. SW to 212th St. SW in order to enhance improve roadway / pedestrian safety.


Design is 95% complete and construction is scheduled to start spring of 2015 and be completed by summer 2016.


76th/212th Intersection
The project will widen all approaches of the intersection with the addition of left turn lanes, right turn lanes, bike lanes on both approaches of 76th, right turn lane, bike lane for westbound on 212th, and bike lane for eastbound on 212th. A new traffic signal with protected-permissive left turn phases will be installed to improve intersection delay. Various utility upgrades will be incorporated into the project.

Design is 65% complete. Right of Way negotiations began this summer and should be completed by the end of 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2016.


Five Corners Roundabout
The project will install a landscaped roundabout at 212th Street SW and 84th Avenue W to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety.  Other improvements include a stormwater detention vault, water quality structures, 1,470 feet of waterline replacement, conversion of overhead utilities to underground and art work.

The project is nearing completion and pedestrian safety features such as striping, stamp concrete crosswalks, luminaires, hand rails, and crosswalk flashing beacons are schedule to be installed in the next couple of weeks.  Planting and final restoration work will continue into November.


2014 Preservation Program
This is part of the City’s program to preserve and enhance transportation infrastructure by installing new pavement or sealing pavement to extend its life.

In March of 2014, an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) was executed with Snohomish County for performance of roadway maintenance activities including chip seals and maintenance overlays. Through this ILA, County crews chip-sealed approximately 3 lane-miles of asphalt street in July and August of 2014.

In May of 2014, an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) was executed with Snohomish County for performance of asphalt paving work. Through this ILA, Snohomish County bid out a large paving contract along with a number of Cities in the County in April, 2014. By bidding out a large contract along with a number of other cities, the City of Edmonds was able to re-pave approximately 6 lane-miles of asphalt street that had reached the end of its useful life.  The streets that were paved were 100th Ave south of SR104 and Olympic View Drive.    


Citywide Safety Improvements
The project consists of upgrading (5) traffic signal cabinets with new cabinets, controllers, sensor units, Battery Back-up Systems (BBS), and other hardware, in order to improve safety at those intersections. Pedestrian countdown displays, indicating to the pedestrians the amount of time remaining to cross until the next signal change, when it is unsafe to cross, have been added to the traffic signals throughout the City. Construction began in March 2014 and is scheduled to wrap up in October 2014.


15th St SW Walkway (Edmonds Way to 8th Ave S)
This project is one of three Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants that were awarded to the City of Edmonds during the 2012 grant cycle. This project will construct approximately 600 feet of curb, gutter and ADA compliant sidewalk on the south side of 15th St SW from Edmonds Way to 8th Ave S as well as associated minor drainage and water quality improvements.

The design consultant, KPG, provided final bid documents and the project was advertised in August, 2014. Bids were opened and the project was awarded to Kamins Construction in September, 2014. Kamins is expected to begin work in October and the project should be complete by the end of this year.


238th St SW Walkway (100th Ave W to 104th Ave W)
This project is one of three Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants that were awarded to the City of Edmonds during the 2012 grant cycle. This project will construct approximately 1,200 feet of curb, gutter and ADA compliant sidewalk on the north side of 238th St SW from 100th Ave W to 104th Ave W. A stormwater improvements project planned for this area will be designed and bid at the same time.

In September of 2013, City staff selected KPG to design this project. KPG, who was selected for all three SRTS projects, was asked to focus its efforts on the 15th St SW project so that it could be constructed in 2014. After the 15th St SW project wrapped up design in August, 2014, KPG began data collection on this project. Conceptual design will begin in October, 2014 and the job is on pace to bid out along with the 236th St SW SRTS project in Spring, 2015.


236th St SW Walkway (Edmonds Way to Madrona School)
This project is one of three Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants that were awarded to the City of Edmonds during the 2012 grant cycle. This project will construct approximately 600 feet of curb, gutter and ADA compliant sidewalk on one side of 236th St SW from Edmonds Way to the Madrona School.

In September of 2013, City staff selected KPG to design this project. After the 15th St SW project wrapped up design in August, 2014, KPG began data collection on this project. Conceptual design, including an analysis and recommendation of which side of the street to build the sidewalk on, will begin in October, 2014 and the job is on pace to bid out along with the 238th St SW SRTS project in Spring, 2015.


Pedestrian Curb Ramp Upgrades Along 3rd Ave S
This project, funded through a Snohomish County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG,) will reconstruct numerous pedestrian curb ramps at intersections along 3rd Ave S from Pine St to Main St.   The ramps will be upgraded to comply with the current standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The project will be advertised for construction bids in October and construction completed by the end of this year.


Sunset Walkway
The Sunset Avenue Walkway is being developed to provide an all-weather, ADA accessible, and multi-modal (bicycle & pedestrian) route from Bell Street north through Caspers Street with connection to 3rd Avenue North. The goal of the project is to improve the quality and safety of public access and the enjoyment of Olympic Mountain and Puget Sound views.

A proof-of-concept is currently being installed along the roadway, approximately following the current project designs. This will allow the City to evaluate the improvements over a period of time and determine if changes or additions are necessary.


SR-104 Transportation Study
The study will focus on 5-miles of SR-104, from 76th Ave. W to the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. Due to the various modes of transportation interfacing along both regional corridors (high vehicle ADT, multiple bus stops, high pedestrian activity along certain sections, and bicycle connections across the corridors), many deficiencies exist. The purpose of this analysis is to develop a corridor master plan which identifies safety, access management and streetscape improvements coordinated with Complete Streets principles and integrated with the proposed form-based code for Westgate Village (SR104 & 100th Ave) and other zoning on SR-104.

Fehr & Peers has been authorized to begin the study in September 2014 and we anticipate the study to be completed by July 2015.


2015 Transportation Comp Plan
Under the Growth Management Act (GMA), the City is required to perform a major update to this plan every six to ten years and the latest update was completed in 2009. The main objective of the Plan is to identify short-range and long-range strategies that lead to the development of an integrated multimodal transportation system that facilitates the safe and efficient movement of people and goods while addressing current and future transportation demand and land use. Sections of the plan will include Proposed Transportation System Improvements (for all modes of transportation, along with their prioritization, a Financial Plan, and Traffic Impact Fees Update.  

Fehr & Peers was awarded the contract in September 2014 and we anticipate the plan to be completed by July 2015.


WATER, SEWER & STORMWATER UTILITY PROJECTS

2014 Waterline Replacement
The project will install approximately 6,400 linear feet of waterline piping and two pressure reducing stations at five locations around the City.

Construction is complete along 81st Avenue W and 204th Place SW where a 6-inch waterline was replaced with an 8-inch line. Construction is also complete at 194th Place SW where a 2-inch waterline eliminated several overly long service lines. The installation of pressure reducing stations on N Meadowdale Road and Meadowdale Beach Road is scheduled for December and early January. The largest project, along Pine and Fir Streets, started in August and is scheduled to continue until December. The contractor will be replacing 4-inch waterlines with 8-inch lines towards the west end of Fir Street.


2015 Waterline Replacement
The project will replace, at various locations around the City, approximately 9,000 linear feet of waterline piping and two pressure reducing stations.

In June of 2014, City staff selected Stantec Consulting to design this project. The design is currently in the conceptual phase. Sites have been surveyed, permits are being acquired and conceptual layouts have been generated. This project is on pace to bid out for construction in February, 2015.


Phase 1 Sewerline Replacement Project
The project replaced approximately 1,800 feet of sewerline piping with associated manholes and sewer connections, as well as approximately 960 feet of waterline in the Dayton St / Railroad Ave area.   Construction was completed during summer of this year. 


Phase 2 Sewerline Replacement Project
This project will replace, at various locations around the City, approximately 4,500 feet of sewer main with associated manholes and sewer connections, as well as approximately 1,000 feet of water main.

The current phase of work, located at 228th Street SW, being a stretch of roadway between 74th Place SW and the Interurban trail, will see both water and sewer installation activity through the month of October.


2015 Sewerline Replacement Project
This project is part of the City’s program to replace and upgrade portions of the City’s sewage collection system at various locations around the City that are reaching the end of their useful life and/or are undersized and unable to meet current requirements. The project will replace approximately 4,700 linear feet of sewer line.

In July of 2014, City staff selected Murray Smith and Associates to design this project. The consultant is currently collecting data and will begin conceptual design in October of 2014.The project is on pace to bid out for construction in March, 2015.


Citywide Storm Improvements Project
The purpose of these projects is to reduce flooding at three locations, one near downtown and two in southwest Edmonds. The stormwater system will be upgraded in all three locations.

Construction began on 4th Ave South in early September. The project includes construction at two other sites in southwest Edmonds (behind the Faith Community Church and in the alley south of 107th Pl SW). All projects will be completed by the end of the calendar year.


Vactor Waste Retrofit Public Works Yard
The purpose of this project is to allow the Public Works Operations staff to clean more stormwater catch basins by upgrading the plumbing of the solids/water separation facility. This will help improve the water quality of the stormwater runoff that goes directly to surface waters (creeks, Lake Ballinger, and Puget Sound).

This work is 75% funded by a grant from the Department of Ecology. Construction will begin and be completed in October 2014.


Willow Creek Daylight/Marsh Restoration
This project is assessing the final feasibility of a day lighted (open air) creek channel from Edmonds Marsh to Puget Sound (the creek is currently in a pipe). The project goals are to increase fish usage of the marsh and improve the drainage in the general area.

The Final Feasibility Study will be completed by the end of the calendar year


Perrinville Creek Study
The purpose of this project is to find ways to reduce the stormwater runoff that enters Perrinville Creek. Excessive runoff is causing erosion, some flooding, and loss of aquatic habitat.

The final Flow Reduction Study and a 30 percent design for two flow reduction projects will be completed by the end of the calendar year


PARKS PROJECTS

Fishing Pier Rehabilitation Project
The City has been working in partnership with WDFW to rehabilitate the fishing pier. The Pier is 35 years old and is in need of structural repairs. We are seeking funds from the Recreation Conservation Office, and are hopeful to put together the $1.3M needed for the repairs.  The consulting firm of BergerABAM has been hired to complete the design phase and construction is tentatively scheduled for summer 2015.  


City Park
This project is a revitalization of the play area at City Park. The new playground was a community build installation in June of this year. We had over 80 community volunteers assist with the installation. We are currently in permitting for the Spray park area of the project. We hope to have this permitted and installed, with a grand opening on Memorial Day, 2015. Financing for this project came from the City’s Park capital fund, the Recreation Conservation Office, Snohomish County, and a generous donation from the Hazel Miller Foundation.


Woodway Fields
The City has been working in partnership with the Edmonds School District to apply for funds to install multi-use turf athletic fields, and establish a health and wellness campus at the old Woodway High School. We were successful in receiving a state appropriation last year and a fairly large grant from Verdant Health Commission this year. These monies, along with some capital support from the School District and the City make up a $4.2M budget for Phase 1 of this project.  We are currently in design, and are slated for construction next summer.

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