1st Phase of Westwood, Sunrise Heights Roadside Rain Garden Nearly Complete

raingarden mapKing County Wastewater Division  announces that their 2014 Roadside Rain Garden construction program in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is nearly complete. Construction  will begin begin on two new streets in late June.

King County’s work to build roadside rain gardens on seven streets in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is will finish ahead of schedule. The deep wells on the 15 streets planned to have roadside rain gardens are also complete.

To finish the project more quickly, crews will start work on two blocks scheduled for construction in 2015 (see red circles on map) later this month. Working ahead of schedule will return 34th Avenue SW to traffic this fall and reduce what is left to be done next year.

King County will continue to work closely with neighbors affected by the project in advance of any new work.

What’s left to do this year?

  • Finish roadside rain gardens on 31st Ave. SW between SW Othello St. and SW Elmgrove St.
  • Construct roadside rain gardens on SW Kenyon St. between 34th Ave. SW and 32nd Ave SW.
  • Remove all the bright yellow bollards protecting the deep wells (to be completed by the end of June).
  • Relocate utilities and construct roadside rain gardens on 34th Ave. SW between SW Thistle St. and SW Trenton St. (begins in late June).
  • Protect all of this year’s roadside rain gardens with orange fencing while plants grow for two months.
  • Possibly move all the water and sewer lines on remaining 2015 streets later this summer.
  • After plants are established, crews will test the rain gardens to make sure they work. Then they will be open for business!
  • Monitor and maintain roadside rain gardens into the future

For more information, contact Kristine Cramer at King C0unty Wasterwater at 206-477-5415, or

cell 206-255-7089, or email at Kristine.Cramer@kingcounty.gov, or check out their website http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd.aspx