Murray CSO control project -- Building a new storage tank to protect Puget Sound
June 30, 2015 Update -- New water pipe to be installed under Beach Drive S.W. in early July
King County contractors for the Murray CSO Control project will begin replacing an eight-inch water pipe in Beach Drive S.W. this week. The work requires excavators, trucks, and a crane to work in Beach Drive S.W. for about a month.
The work will create traffic congestion and delays, especially south of the Lincoln Park Way S.W. intersection on Beach Dr. S.W. Flaggers will guide traffic around the work site. Emergency and local access on Beach Dr. S.W. will be maintained. All parking will be closed along Beach Drive S.W. south of the Lincoln Park Way S.W. Steel plates will cover the work area in the road outside of work hours. The road will be patched after the pipe is installed and fully restored at the end of the project.
Installing the new pipe will not affect water service to neighbors. Connecting the new pipe will require a service outage later this summer for Beach Drive S.W. residents south of the Lincoln Park Way intersection. More information will be provided before that work occurs..
View construction update (PDF, June 30, 2015)
Learn more: What to expect during concrete pours (Winter 2015)
Have a comment or question? Need more information about the project?
Click here to contact the project team.
Murray Project Hotline: 206-205-9186
Final Design, December 2012
Project haul routes, February 2014
Murray basin and project location
King County is designing an underground storage tank across the street from Seattle’s Lowman Beach Park. The tank will store approximately one million gallons when the Murray Pump Station exceeds maximum capacity.
Why do we need this project?
Protect public health
Like many cities around the country, the older parts of King County's wastewater system uses a single set of pipes to carry untreated sewage and stormwater to a treatment plant. To prevent sewer backups into homes and streets, the system includes safety valves called “combined sewer overflows” that route excess sewage and polluted stormwater flow directly into Puget Sound during storms. Although CSOs reduce potential exposure to untreated sewage, they pose significant public health concerns.
Clean up Puget Sound
The Murray CSO control facility will reduce CSOs into Puget Sound. State regulations require no more than one untreated discharge per year. The Murray Pump Station averages five untreated CSO events per year, discharging 5 million gallons into Puget Sound off of Lowman Beach Park.
View construction schedule overview (PDF) and project meeting calendar.
How has the community shaped facility design?
Since October 2011 Lowman Beach Park neighbors and park users have worked with local designers, environmentalists and community advocates to help the King County project team design a facility that fits with the community. These discussions produced “common themes” for the design that reflect the community’s values for a safe, reliable facility. The common themes are:
- Minimize the “industrial facility” feel
- Encourage views of Puget Sound
- Discourage through traffic on Beach Drive
- Enhance continuous space between Lowman Beach park and the facility site