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Repaving project to temporarily close section of West Commodore Way

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King County sewer utility crews are scheduled to begin repaving a section West Commodore Way on Nov. 11, requiring a three-week road closure and temporary traffic detour.

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King County sewer utility crews are scheduled to begin repaving a section West Commodore Way on Nov. 11, requiring a three-week road closure and temporary traffic detour.

The road work is part of King County’s Ballard Siphon Replacement Project to increase sewer system capacity and replace a sewer line on the bottom of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in service since 1935.

For the duration of the closure, traffic will be rerouted to 23rd Avenue West, West Jameson Street and 24th Avenue West. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. with longer weekday hours and Saturday work possible. The project is weather-dependent and work may need to be rescheduled.

King County expects to complete the sewer system upgrade by spring 2014. Remaining activities include relining the 78-year-old siphon and restoring sidewalks and curbing.

King County has budgeted $54.3 million for the project and received about $41.85 million in low-interest loans from the Washington State Department of Ecology’s State Revolving Fund and the Washington State Public Works Trust Fund to cover project costs.

To learn more, visit the project website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/Seattle/BallardSiphon.aspx.