$5,000 approved for Coal Creek Parkway party

June 5, 2009

By Jim Feehan

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The City Council has unanimously approved spending up to $5,000 to celebrate the completion of Coal Creek Parkway.

City officials are looking at closing Coal Creek Parkway between Southeast 95th Way and Southeast May Valley Road on July 16 to hold a ceremony for the $42 million construction project, which was paid for with a variety of state and federal monies.

The party is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the May Creek Bridge.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen.  “It’s definitely worth celebrating. It’s well-deserved.”

City Councilwoman Carol Simpson said the project has been a success and the city triumphed in securing funding.

“I feel proud of the City Council for its commitment to this project over the years, proud of our city staff and consultants for their superb project management, and very grateful to our funding partners who trusted us to manage their funds wisely,” Councilwoman Jean Garber said last week. “The project not only improves vehicle capacity and safety, but provides community identity and a beautiful new walkway.”

State Sen. Fred Jarrett; state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Marcie Maxwell; U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert; and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray have been invited to the celebration.

The money would be used for food, beverages, music and tokens commemorating the event.

The project relieves the bottleneck through Newcastle along the regional thoroughfare that connects Renton and Bellevue. Work done in three phases over seven years expands Coal Creek Parkway from two to four lanes from Southeast 84th Way to Southeast 95th Way. 

The project brought left-turn lanes, landscaped medians, bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic signals along Coal Creek Parkway at Southeast 95th Way, Southeast May Valley Road and Southeast 89th Street. 

In addition to the road improvements, the two-lane, 56-year old May Creek Bridge was replaced with a four-lane structure. 

The road construction project is nearing completion, much to the delight of the state Department of Transportation-estimated 30,000 motorists who use the thoroughfare daily.

Work on the May Creek Bridge should be completed by mid-June; work on the remaining portion of Coal Creek Parkway should be done by mid-July.

Last month, crews placed asphalt on the roadway north of the bridge and installed steel arches on the bridge. North of the bridge, crews completed sections of curb, gutter and sidewalk, as well as landscape plantings.

Renton should have at least a portion of its Coal Creek/Duvall Avenue Northeast project, which has been closed off from the public for about a year, complete by next month.

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