Blueberry Lane Stormwater Improvements

Project Description

Blueberry Lane experiences street flooding during the wet winter months. The existing storm drainage system collects and conveys the stormwater runoff to an infiltration facility. This project would rehabilitate or replace the system with a new infiltration system designed to today’s stormwater regulations.

The design phase started 2019 and was completed in January 2023. The City successfully applied for a stormwater grant from the Department of Ecology. The proposed award consists of a $2,633,250 grant and a low interest loan of $877,750.

Once the project is completed, the Parks and Recreation Department will update Blueberry Children's Park with new playground equipment. A concept plan of the new playground can be found by clicking this link: Children's Park Concept Playground. For more information on the planned playground please visit the project webpage at Parks Capital Projects.


Jammi Guion

Contracts Supervisor
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Phone: 360-863-4514

Mathew Busch, PE

Project Manager
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Phone: 360-547-2414

Project Updates

July 31, 2023

Construction continues. The contractor has installed the stormwater facilities within the Children's Park property and now is focused on upgrading the storm drainage system with Blueberry Lane, Kilarney Circle and Kings Street. A road closure is in effect during construction activity. Drivers wanting to use Blueberry Lane to get to 154th Street will need to follow the detour route (Columbia Street-182nd Avenue). Expect the detour to be ongoing until the contractor completes the work within Blueberry Lane. 

May 15, 2023

The project construction began on May 15, 2023. The Infiltration System at the Children's park will be the first area where heavy construction work will happen. The contractor will be working between the hours of 7am - 5pm Monday through Friday. Estimated time of completion is November 2023.

April 13, 2023

The project was advertised for contractor bids in February with bids opened on March 9th. Marshbank Construction was the low bidder and has been awarded the construction contract. The targeted start date for construction is early to mid-May. The project will take approximately 6 months to complete, which will take the project into November 2023.

January 30, 2023

The plans are being reviewed by the Department of Ecology. If no changes are requested, the project should be ready for contractor bidding near the end of February 2023.

Oct. 27, 2022

City has completed 100% review.  Consultant working on final plans, specifications and cost estimate.  

August 29, 2022

Consultant to have PS&E set ready for City review by early September.

July 28, 2022

90% review has been completed.  Consultant working on Plans, Specifications and Estimate (PS&E) for the bidding phase.  

June 28, 2022

90% submittal package review has begun.  

May 30, 2022

City consultant is working on 90% design drawings. 

April 28, 2022

City consultant is awaiting additional survey information, still working on 90% design drawings.  

March 30, 2022

Ecology has approved the Design Report.  Consultant working on 90% drawings. 

Feb 28, 2022

Consultant has completed revisions based upon ECY comments.  Revised Design Report submitted to ECY on 2/22/2022.  Anticipate 45 day review period.  

Jan. 31, 2022

Consultant should be ready to submit drawing to Ecology by mid February.  

Jan. 4, 2022

Staff had a virtual meeting with Ecology that went well.  Consultant is working with Ecology on changes necessary for the design to move forward.  

Nov. 30, 2021

City received comments from Ecology on Friday November 19, 2021.  A virtual meeting was held Monday November 22, 2021 to discuss the comments.  A follow up meeting is scheduled for Monday December 13, 2021 to discuss potential resolutions Ecology's Engineer's concerns. 

Oct. 28, 2021

A revised Design Report has been submitted to Ecology for review and approval.  A response is due on or before November 22, 2021.  

Sept. 29, 2021

City staff is reviewing the revised Design Report before resubmitting it to Ecology for approval.

Sept. 1, 2021

City crews are installing a temporary holding pond pending design completion for the replacement of the park infiltration system.  

Aug 19, 2021

To prepare for the coming winter months, City crews will begin work to construct a temporary pond in the west portion of the park (closest to 182nd).  The play equipment in the eastern portion of the park will be available for use during the temporary work.  

July 28, 2021

City Staff and Consultant working with Department of Ecology to resolve issues with system design.  

May 26, 2021

City Staff and Consultant working with Department of Ecology to resolve issues with system design.  

April 29, 2021

Received Ecology comments, meeting May 4, 2021 to review and clarify comments.  Must receive Ecology acceptance letter before proceeding with design. 

March 29, 2021

Consultant working on 90% plans, Design Report still being reviewed by Ecology.  

February 28, 2021

City and Consultant working on Design Report revisions for Department of Ecology approval.  This approval is required before proceeding with further design efforts. 

January 28, 2021

Awaiting DOE review of Design Report.  Consultant working on 90% design drawings, specifications and estimate. 

December 30,2020

Project has been sufficiently designed to apply for SEPA review.  Awaiting DOE review of Design Report.  Consultant working on 90% design drawings, specifications and estimate. 

November 30,2020

60% design review completed, markups to be sent to consultant this week.  Revised schedule has project being advertised in May 2021.

October 29,2020

Designer to have 60% review drawings to City by 11/4/2020.  Revised schedule has project being advertised in May 2021.

September 29,2020

The City has completed review of the preliminary design drawings and sent comments back to the designer.  The current schedule has the project going to bid in July 2021.  

August 5,2020

The City completed the design consultant selection process in the earlier part of June 2019. The contract was awarded to BHC Consultants in July, who subsequently has begun the design phase.  An Archaeological study was required for this project resulting in a suspension of all geotechnical work in Sept. 2019.  Geotechnical work was scheduled to resume in March 2020 however the Covid shut down again delayed this work.  In May work again resumed so the design work could be completed.   This phase will continue throughout the remainder of 2010 and into the first months of 2021. Construction is targeted for the summer of 2021. 

Project Benchmarks Date
Project Authorized by Council January 16, 2018
Dept. of Ecology Grant Award Notification January, 2019
Begin Design Phase July 3, 2019
Design work stalled by Archaeological requirements August 28, 2019
Begin Archaeologic Survey November 2019
Covid 19 work stoppage effective March 24, 2020
Geotechnical work begins May 4, 2020
End Design Phase January, 2023
Begin Construction Phase May, 2023
End Construction November, 2023

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