To the relief of thousands of commuters, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast has reopened after crews rebuilt a segment of the road severely damaged by a mudslide in late January.
The slide and then the construction work closed the street from Northeast Second Street at Northup Way to Southeast 26th Street, forcing motorists to take detours. On a typical day, approximately 11,800 vehicles travel this section of the Parkway. video of rebuilt roadway
The repairs were needed after a slide and water main break in the 500 block of the Parkway washed out a steep embankment and undermined the roadway. Four homes were damaged, but no one was hurt.
City Manager Steve Sarkozy signed a declaration of emergency, and three separate contracts were issued to fix the road and repair the water line. The total cost for the work is estimated at $550,000. Damage to the private properties is still being calculated.
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