Lowman Beach CSO Project Update: Deconstruction About Half Finished

IMG_0861Editor’s Note: This is an update from King County Wastewater Division regarding the Murray Pump Station work at Lowman Beach.  As the reports are forwarded to community members, we will continue to publish them on the SWS site.  This is a three-year-plus project with the deconstruction element only the first of many continuous months of heavy equipment activity.

King County’s contractor has cleared three of the buildings on the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facility site and will continue working their way to the site’s northern boundary through September. During working hours, you will continue to see equipment and trucks moving in and out of the work zone and containers adjacent to the site for the completion of demolition activities. Removed materials will be transported via Lincoln Park Way Southwest. The site’s fencing will remain extended to the east curb of Beach Drive Southwest while materials are removed from the site and site stabilization activities are underway. The street’s eastern sidewalk and parking will also remain closed; pedestrians and bicyclists are strongly encouraged to use the Beach Drive Southwest’s western sidewalk for the duration of the project. Work is expected to be complete by the end of September.

Some neighbors reported hearing noise coming from the site after normal work hours on Friday August 23. The noise came from a malfunctioning smoke alarm buried in debris on site. King County deeply regrets the inconvenience and appreciates those community members who used the project hotline to alert  the County’s project team to the issue. All community members are encouraged to use the project hotline: 206-205-9185 to convey inquiries or concerns with the project, as the hotline is routinely staffed around the clock and on weekends.

What to expect

  • Work hours will be 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays. No work is expected over the next several weekends.
  • Access to Beach Drive Southwest will be maintained at all times.
  • Lowman Beach Park will remain open.
  • Project fencing extends over the sidewalk to the east curb of Beach Drive Southwest to maintain public safety.
  • Beach Drive Southwest’s western sidewalk remains open for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Increased noise and activity typical of a construction site.
  • Heavy equipment including trucks, excavators, and construction containers operating on and around the project site.
  • No parking along the eastern side of Beach Drive Southwest and both sides of Murray Avenue Southwest through the end of September.
  • Increased truck traffic on nearby streets.

The existing structures on the Murray CSO Control Facility site must be removed before construction of the new storage facility begins in late 2013. The facility will safeguard Puget Sound by storing sewage and polluted stormwater during storms, and preventing regional sewer system overflows into the water off of Lowman Beach Park.

For more information contact Doug Marsano at King County Wastewater Treatment Division, office phone 206-684-1235, cell phone 206-423-0480, email Doug.Marsano@kingcounty.gov.

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