Barton Street Pump Station upgrade project
November 2013 -- Ferry holding lane closed Monday, November 11 and winter work schedule begins
The ferry holding lane on Fauntleroy Way SW just north of the Fauntleroy ferry terminal will be closed on Monday, November 11 while King County contractor crews install a relief well near the street. A large drill rig will be parked in the holding lane for most of the day, and a police officer will be directing traffic around the construction activities.
With the arrival of daylight saving time and shorter daylight hours, winter work hours will go into effect this week. Expect crews on site Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
View project update (PDF).
We appreciate your ongoing patience during construction!
Learn how King County Wastewater Treatment Division creates safe underground work environments using a technique known as sheet pile driving. During the winter and spring of 2013, King County used a vibratory hammer to install sheet piles, a technique which works well in tight spaces with minimal impacts on nearby neighbors and the environment.
Forming the walls on the valve vault. September 2013
Landscape site plan (PDF)
Southeast view (PDF)
Need for project
King County protects public health and the environment by conveying and treating the region's wastewater. The Barton Street Pump Station is 50 years old. King County must upgrade the facility to accomodate West Seattle's growing population and ensure its safe and reliable operation for the next 50 years.
The pump station is an underground facility located next to the Fauntleroy ferry landing at 9005 Fauntleroy Way, SW. The pump station pumps wastewater to the Murray Avenue Pump Station which then pump flows to the county's regional treatment plant at West Point in Seattle.
What you can expect during construction
- Typical construction activities including work crews, truck hauling, construction materials and heavy machinery
- Work hours in compliance with City of Seattle permits, which typically allow work between 7 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday
- Advance notice provided of work outside regularly scheduled hours
- Access at all times for ferry traffic, emergency vehicles, and neighborhood residents
- No beach access during construction
- State patrol on site for traffic control for duration of construction
View construction schedule here.
The pump station was first constructed in 1958. The following necessary improvements will be made:
- Replace outdated electrical equipment, pumps, and associated equipment. The new pumps will increase capacity from 22 million gallons per day (mgd) to 33 mgd
- Upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning
- Construct a new underground vault to house a new backup generator system and a new odor control system
- Construct a new underground valve room and install new valves for the two 24-inch force mains that were installed as part of a 2006 emergency repair project
These upgrades will require the demolition of the existing below ground pump station and the construction of a temporary pumping system that will be removed once the new system is operational.
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 via mail, email, phone, and project fliers
- One-on-one problem solving with residents directly impacted by construction activities
- Project website and construction updates
- 24-hour construction hotline
- Restoration of landscaping
View construction schedule as PDF.