April 9, 2013
Lake Forest Park Water District is doing construction work near your home. Work has begun near the intersection of Ballinger Way and NE 175th St. A new watermain and pressure reducing valve station will be installed on the East shoulder of Ballinger Way near 175th Street.
Why are we doing this project?
This project will replace an older, failing Pressure Reducing Station that regulates pressure in our Beach Zone.
The new station and watermain that will be installed will provide a more reliable water supply and improved fire flow for LFPWD customers in our Beach Zone.
The project title is “PWTF Ballinger Way PRV Station” and it involves the installation of two concrete vaults and valves and around 75 feet of 8” ductile iron watermain and connections. The contractor who has been awarded this construction project is D and G Backhoe of Lake Stevens, WA. D & G Backhoe is an experienced contracting company with a reputation for installing underground pipes.
What exactly will be happening?
The first step is delivery of the equipment, vaults and pipe. Next the vaults and new 8” ductile iron watermain will be installed on the east shoulder of Ballinger Way. The actual installation of the pipe and vaults should only take a week to complete. Finally, pressure tests and purity samples will be taken before the new vault is connected to our existing system. Steel plates will cover exposed areas at night. The contractor will restore the site and sidewalk and ensure public safety.
Customers in our Beach Zone will experience some changes with their water during the week of April 15th through the 19th. In order for us to make the connection of the new piping and valves, your water will be temporarily provided by Shoreline Water District. Shoreline Water District provides chlorinated water and our customers may notice a difference in taste and may also experience reduced water pressure during this transition. Lake Forest Park Water customers will NOT be billed for the Shoreline Water District water usage during this temporary measure. The District will then restore Lake Forest Park Water District water upon completion of the connections.
What about traffic? – Will there be delays?
Ballinger Way (SR104) has heavy traffic periods, especially in the morning and then in the afternoon. The contractor will have flaggers on site and there will be some delays especially on Wednesday, April 10th from 10:00AM to around Noon when the vaults are delivered to the site.
We will be doing our best to minimize any inconvenience for you and we invite you to call with questions or concerns. Our office number is 206-365-3211. My cell number is 425-275-2262 and that number is active 24 hours. I will also be at the work site frequently and you can feel free to ask any question concerning our work.
F. Alan Kerley
cc. Dan Mundall, P.E., Mundall Engineering (360) 319-1285