45th Ave. SE near Bothell closes Monday

BOTHELL — With a road closure scheduled to begin Monday, Snohomish County continues its pedestrian-friendly makeover of a neighborhood west of the Brightwater treatment plant on Highway 9.

Eventually, the county’s plans call for a meandering walkway passing by the future Miner’s Corner community park. For now, though, people will have to put up with more dust and disruption.

The looming shutdown affects 45th Avenue SE between 240th Street SE and 228th Street SE. It’s scheduled to last from Monday through April 27. During that time, only emergency vehicles and school buses will have through access. People who live on the road will still be able to reach their homes.

“It’s been a challenge for residents and we’ve been keeping in touch,” said Tina Hokanson, who handles communications for the county’s Public Works Department.

Crews estimate they’ll need about 25 more days to finish, but rain could cause delays, Hokanson said.

For the upcoming work on 45th Avenue, the road will be pulverized, regraded and paved. The county accepted a nearly $1.9 million bid for the work, said Steve Dickson, assistant to the public works director.

A detour will take drivers along 240th Street SE to 35th Avenue SE and 228th Street SE.

Money for the park and sidewalks are among the many projects funded by the $70 million settlement that Snohomish and King counties reached in 2005 over the Brightwater sewage treatment plant.

The work on 45th Avenue is one of four segments of sidewalk upgrades around Kokane Elementary School and the Miner’s Corner site. The county has finished two other pedestrian upgrades along nearby 49th Avenue SE and 57th Avenue SE.

Work on another segment, 228th Street SE between 39th Avenue SE and Highway 9, could run into next year. It includes sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the street as well as utility upgrades for water, cable and gas.

County staff are currently working on development plans for Miner’s Corner. The park’s projected opening date is in 2013.

For more information: go to www.snoco.org and search for “228th St SE.”

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.

Correction: An earlier headline for this story incorrectly located the road affected. The headline is now correct.

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