Two communities get temporary reprieve from chip seal nightmare

By Dan Aznoff | Aug 31, 2017
Courtesy of: City of Mill Creek Eager young people lined up with their skateboards and scooters earlier this week to be the first wheels to fly across the newly paved streets in the Wildflower neighborhood. Chip seal repairs last summer left the roads in the community uneven and hazardous for the most popular forms of transportation that do not require a driver’s license. The streets in both Wildflower and Mill Creek Village are scheduled to be torn up again in the spring so work crews can make repairs to the underground storm water system.

After waiting nearly a year for repairs to be made to the chip seal applied to the streets in their neighborhoods, residents of Wildflower and Mill Creek Village were forced to wait through another weekend while officials completed some last-minute paperwork.

Crews from Snohomish County were finally able to finish the two days of overlay work in the two communities early this week. Young people lined up with bikes, skateboards and scooters to be the first to travel smoothly across the black pavement.

The City Council bowed to pressure from unhappy residents in July when they approved a plan to make the repairs before the start of the rainy season and have work crews from Snohomish County come back again next year after recommended repairs are made to 13 segments of the underground storm water system under both developments.

Repairs to the storm water runoff system were recommended by the consulting firm Perteet after a review of 7.5 hours of videos and more than 500 photographs of the aging system. Darryl Smith of Perteet told the council there was not enough time to complete the repairs and overlay the residential streets before the start of the rainy season in September.

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