Mountlake Terrace starting on storm water project

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The parking lot of the Mountlake Terrace Library will be partially closed for storm water work starting this month. The library will remain open, and temporary parking will be available nearby.

Work on the Town Center storm water facility will start soon in the parking lot next to the library and Veterans Memorial Park. The work is expected to wrap up this summer, depending on weather.

The roughly $1 million project was approved by the City Council, City Clerk Virginia Olsen said.

The contractor is Rodarte Construction of Auburn.

The project is designed to protect the Lake Ballinger and McAleer Creek watershed and to control flooding in the Town Center area. It comes following years of work by city officials to make the downtown more attractive to businesses and inviting to visitors.

The facility will store and filter storm water before it is released slowly back into the watershed.

After the storm water facility is built, the library parking lot will be reconfigured.

Will Van Ry, the city’s engineering services director, said the project should provide an immediate improvement for water quality.

During construction, library parking will be available in the former Civic Center parking area to the north, with overflow parking across 58th Avenue W. at the Calvary Fellowship church.

No road closures are expected from the work.

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