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Lakewood Road reopens after speedy culvert fix

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By Bill Sheets
Herald Writer
LAKEWOOD -- Lakewood Road reopened late Thursday after being closed for more than two days so crews could repair a collapsed culvert.
The $80,000 repair job was completed a day ahead of schedule, according to Patrick Moylan, a maintenance and operations supervisor for the state Department of Transportation.
The culvert collapsed on Oct. 5, forming a sinkhole near the roadway just north of 172nd Street NE, transportation officials said. The culvert began to clog with debris, Moylan said.
During the repair, a pumping system was used to divert the creek and safely carry fish around the construction site. The contractor, Trenchless Construction, used a hydraulic ram to pound a 24-inch diameter pipe through the existing culvert. The state is planning to permanently fix the culvert next summer.
"We needed to get Cougar Creek flowing smoothly again under the road before heavy rains set in; otherwise there was the possibility that the creek could dam up this winter and jeopardize the highway again," Moylan said.
Drivers were detoured to McRae Road NW and 11th Avenue NW while the road was closed, said Sean McDermott, a spokesman for the transportation department.

Reporter Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439 or
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