35th Avenue NE, at Thornton Creek, to be closed six months for Seattle Public Utilities project
Beginning Monday, May 19, part of 35th Ave. NE will be closed for approximately six months while the city’s longest creek is reshaped to prevent chronic flooding and restore habitat for threatened salmon and other species.
To perform the work, it will be necessary to close a section of 35th Ave. NE, between NE110th St. and NE 105th St., for about six months. During the closure, 35th Ave. NE will be open only to local access traffic. Meadowbrook Community Center and Meadowbrook Pool will have to be accessed from the south. However, the community center and pool will remain open and offer regular programming.
Beginning Monday, May 19, traffic will be detoured from 35th Ave. NE to Lake City Way NE via NE 110th St. and NE 95th St. Detour signs will be in place prior to the closure.
Southbound Metro buses (Route 64 and 65) will be detoured to Lake City Way NE via NE110th St. and NE 95th St. Northbound Metro buses will be diverted to Sandpoint Way NE via NE 95th St. and NE 110th St. As the closure date approaches, more information will be found at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/.
For years, the confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek, just east of 35th Ave. NE, has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool and closed the road to traffic.
To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Ave. NE and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. The wider channel and flood plain connection will help native fish habitat by spreading out and slowing the peak flows of Thornton Creek.
Additionally, the project will construct a new bridge under 35th Ave. NE slightly north of where the creek currently runs.
A public meeting hosted by the project team at Seattle Public Utilities will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Meadowbrook Community Center. The public is invited to drop by and learn about traffic and construction impacts and to chat with the construction and project teams.