Kirkland Pump Station and Sewer Upgrade Project
May 2013 Update
Project Ahead of Schedule
It is anticipated that the new pump station will be fully operational in January 2014 and Park Lane will be reopening in spring 2014 (several months ahead of schedule). Remaining work includes testing and bringing new equipment on-line, demolishing existing equipment, installing a new standby generator, and improvements to the exterior of building and Park Lane. See project update (May 14, 2013).
Work Recently Completed
The forcemain pipe in Kirkland Avenue (from Third Street to Railroad Avenue) and a new pathway across the railroad tracks in the vicinity of Railroad Avenue are now both complete.
24-hour construction hotline, 206-205-9196
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Crews installing updated equipment inside the pump station, January 2013. View more photos.
What will the area look like after construction?
As part of its mission to protect public health and the environment, King County is responsible for conveying and treating wastewater collected by 17 cities and 17 local sewer utilities in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, including the City of Kirkland.
In September 2011, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division began work to upgrade the Kirkland Pump Station and Force Main to replace aging pump station equipment and to increase the capacity of the pump station. The pump station is located at the corner of Third Street and Park Lane in downtown Kirkland. Force main work will be carried out on Kirkland Avenue from 3rd Street to Railroad Avenue, where new pipelines will be connected to King County’s existing conveyance system. Work on pipelines in Third Street was completed as part of Sound Transit’s Kirkland Transit Center Project.
Need for project
King County has operated the Kirkland Pump Station for more than 40 years. The pump station needs to be upgraded to:
- Replace aging pump station equipment and sewer lines to ensure safe and reliable operations for years to come.
- Increase pumping capacity to accommodate growth from 6 million gallons per day (mgd) to a peak capacity of 9.4 mgd.
- Meet current design standards, including odor and noise control.
The pump station receives flows from downtown Kirkland and pumps it east to the main conveyance pipe which takes the wastewater to King County's South Treatment Plant in Renton.
|2007 – 2011
||Pump station and sewer design
||Influent sewer complete in Third Street (as part of Transit Center)
|Fall 2011 – Fall 2012
||New pump station fully operational
||Park Lane open and pump station construction complete
What to expect
- Closure of Park Lane between Main Street and Third Street for construction staging.
- Activity typical of a construction site: work crews, truck hauling, construction materials, and heavy machinery.
- Work hours will typically occur from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
- People may experience traffic delays, noise, and dust associated with activities.
- During Kirkland Avenue force main work, traffic control and flaggers onsite to manage traffic flow and access.
- Project and construction updates on the Web.
- 24-hour construction hotline, 206-205-9196.
Being a Good Neighbor
King County is committed to being a good neighbor and will work directly with the community throughout the project to minimize construction impacts whenever possible. Residents can expect:
- Advance notice of construction activities – mail, e-mail, phone
- One-on-one problem solving with residents directly impacted by construction activities
- Project website and construction updates
- 24-hour construction hotline 206-205-9196