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Public Works Crew (pictured left to right):
Dan Dal Santo, Ken Blakely and Jason Pittam with
Public Works Director, Seth Boettcher


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Roberts drive


Roberts Drive Roadway Improvements
Start Date: August 2017
Completion Date: November 2017

The Public Works Department received two grants from the State Transportation Improvement Board(TIB) totaling $1,151,762 to make improvements to Roberts Drive from Bruckners Way to City Hall. Improvements include sidewalks on the south side of the road, roadway widening with complete overlay., pedestrian lighting, and stormwater upgrades. This sidewalk will connect to sidewalks previously installed as part of the Morgan Street Sidewalk Phase 2 project and the Roberts Drive Sidewalk (Morgan Street to King County Library project). A third grant in the amount of $57, 260 was received from TIB to pave the eastbound lane of Roberts Drive from 236th Ave. SE to west of the Rock Creek Bridge. Construction for this project was awarded to JR Hayes & Sons, Inc. out of Maple Valley.









stormwater treatment

SR 169 & North Commercial Stormwater Treatment Facility

Start Date: TBD

Completion Date: TBD

Public Works staff received a Stormwater Capacity Grant from the Department of Ecology for the design of the SR 169 & North Commercial Stormwater Treatment Facility project. The City hired Parametrix to complete the design, which is complete as of January 2015. Public Works staff is currently seeking funding for the construction of this project and received a Water Quality Improvement Project grant from King County in the amount of $243,643. The City needs up approximately $676,000 more to complete this project.

The remaining $676,000 for completion of this project were reccommended for grant by the Department of Ecology and is included in the State's proposed capital budget. As of August 2, 2017 the State has not approved the capital budget. Public Works staff will be able to finalize bid documents and procure bids for construction once these remaining funds are committed, which could allow for construction in 2018. This project would capture stormwater runoff from the north commercial area and SR 169 and transport it down to Roberts Drive to City property for treatment prior to discharge into Ginder Creek. This project would clean up the heaviest stormwater pollutant loading into local receiving waters in Black Diamond.

covington creek culvert replacement

Covington Creek Culvert Replacement

Start Date: TBD
Completion Date: TBD
The Public Works Department received a Flood Reduction Grant from King County for the design work for the Covington Creek Culvert Replacement project. Design for the replacement of the three culverts at the outlet of Lake Sawyer into Covington Creek (under 224th Avenue SE) was originally slated to be a box culvert, but due to the profile of the road and how the culverts cross the road, it was determined that a bridge would be a better solution. The City's consultant on this project, Parametrix, shifted design to focus on a bridge in lieu of a box culvert. More funds will be needed to complete the design of this project. Public Works staff is procuring other grant funding for the remaining design costs and for construction of this project, which are estimated at $1.5 million.







Jones lake Overlay


Jones Lake Road Overlay

Accepted by Council: September 1, 2016
Work performed by: Lakeridge Paving Company
Utilizing a grant the Public Works Department received the State Transportation Improvement Board in the amount of $135,219, the City patched and overlaid Jones Lake Road from the previous Railroad Avenue project to State Route 169. It also consisted of some shoulder widening. This project came in under budget.

water main replacement

Downtown AC Water Main Replacement & Looping Project

Accepted by Council: June 16, 2016
Work performed by: Iversen and Sons Inc.
Replaced old 6” asbestos water main with 8” and 12” ductile iron water main in the downtown area (Baker St. and Morgan St.). Installed new water main to improve water quality and fire flow on 1st Ave. Also replaced corroded iron pipe on Railroad Ave. and completed a loop to Miner St. With the project under budget, an additional 250’ of 8” water main was installed on Commission Street along with a new fire hydrant to provide better fire protection while still keeping the construction under budget. The project was funded by the City and through a grant received by Public Works staff in the amount of $225,000 from the King County Community Development Block Grant program.



Citywide Emergency Pothole Repair and Road Maintenance

                “Accepted by Council: September 7, 2017
                Work performed by: Tony Lind Paving LLC
Utilizing a grant the Public Works Department received from the State Transportation Improvement Board along with City funds, the City was able to patch pothole locations as well as locations where potholes were likely to occur. In all, 66 locations were repaired throughout the entire City.:



sewer plant

Old Sewer Plant Cleanup

Work performed by: Public Works staff
Public Works staff completed the cleanup of the older sewer plant
Public Works staff completed the work for the decommissioning of the old sewer treatment plant. Staff worked with the Department of Ecology (DOE) for permitting and site review, including site visits from DOE staff. Work included removing biosolids from the lagoon in order to formally decommission the plant. This site was in service from the mid-1980s to 1991 when the City connected to the King County sewer system. This lagoon has sat unused and dormant since 1991.



Johansen Excavating

5th Avenue Overlay

Accepted by Council: June 16, 2016
Work performed by: Johansen Excavating
This project repaired roadway and included widening on 5th Avenue from the Diamond Ridge development north to Park Street, and on Baker Street between 5th Avenue and 4th Avenue. This work tied into frontage improvements for Diamond Ridge.





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