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Water-line repair in Edmonds will delay traffic

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By Marie Damman
Herald Writer
EDMONDS -- Work will begin again this week on 76th Avenue to temporarily fix a water line. A sewer line, part of an ongoing project in the area, is finished.
Work is scheduled to begin Thursday and will go until the end of December, depending on weather conditions. There will be traffic delays on 76th Avenue West, several daytime road closures, and some water shutoffs during the work, said Phil Williams, Edmonds public works director.
Staff members from the cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood will discuss the project at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Corner Coffee Bar & Café, 1801 76th Ave. W.
"The project has not gone very well, it was a lot of surprises," Williams said.
With winter coming and work on the water line unfinished, the city of Edmonds asked the Edmonds City Council earlier this month to declare an emergency and enter into a contract with Earthworks Enterprises Inc., of Mukilteo, to finish the work.
An ongoing City of Lynnwood sewer project is finished, but a water line that is part of the project needs the temporary fix before winter. Without the fix, Williams said the road would be in poor condition over the winter.
The water line installation took more time than expected. Originally the city of Edmonds had an agreement with the city of Lynnwood for both projects. Both cities hired contractors, but Williams said the relationship with Lynnwood and its contractor deteriorated.
In the emergency, the City of Edmonds suspended other work to focus on the water line, which Earthworks Enterprises will fix. Edmonds also quickly contracted with Lakeside Industries to temporarily repair the road by smoothing it for winter.
Water will be shut off at times for some residents. Notices will be sent three to five days before the shutoffs, which are needed to switch from the existing water line to the new one.
"This has a real temporary nature. Next year, we are going to make the final fix," Williams said.
Edmonds first budgeted $665,000 for the contract for both projects, then earlier this month added $110,000 to the original cost. The contract with Earthworks is $262,000 for the temporary fix of the water line, and $250,000 has been spent on the original work.
The city of Lynnwood is sharing the cost. So far, it has spent $2,000 to dig 40 feet of water line.
"Between what is left and what we had in reserve, we have sufficient money to hire Earthworks," Williams said.

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