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King County, Washington

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King Street Center
201 S. Jackson St., Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-3855
Phone: 206-477-5371
Fax: 206-684-1741
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South Magnolia CSO Control Project

Project Construction

September 29, 2014 Update -

The week of September 29th, King County's contractor will begin Horizontal Direct Drilling on 32nd Avenue West. The drilling subcontractor has already successfully completed a portion of the first step, called the pilot bore, starting from 23rd Avenue West. The pilot bore establishes the underground path used for the final pipeline installation. Following the pilot bore, drilling will continue in reaming passes that enlarge the initial borehole to the size of the pipeline.

The drill rig will operate in the pit located on the east side of the street. Additional equipment includes an on-site plant to separate soils from drilling operations, and truck traffic to remove spoils. The contractor is working to locate equipment to limit noise where feasible.

What you can expect
-- Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-- Beginning this week, there will be increased truck traffic, crews on site, construction activity and noise.
-- When equipment and materials deliveries occur, you may experience traffic delays on 32nd Avenue West.
-- Neighbors may see crew members at the site after hours and on Sundays, checking site security and operating equipment.

Latest construction update: Construction activities on 32nd Ave W (PDF, September 29, 2014)

Work is also continuing at the CSO storage facility site on 23rd Avenue West in the Smith Cove area.

Stay safe on the temporary roadway! Drivers should travel slowly in the construction area.
View the Fall 2014 Newsletter (PDF, September 2014)

Project area for the South Magnolia CSO control project elements (diversion structure, gravity sewer, storage tank)
South Magnolia CSO basin project area
How will the new CSO facility work? View animation.

Project vicinity map
South Magnolia basin and project location.

Young bald eagle
Young bald eagles appear larger and darker than their white-headed parents.

Project description

King County is constructing a new combined sewer overflow (CSO) control facility in Magnolia. A 1.5-million gallon underground tank will temporarily store excess flows of stormwater and sewage when heavy rains fill pipes, reducing untreated overflows to Puget Sound. A second component of this facility is a new 3,000-foot gravity sewer pipeline installed from 32nd Avenue West below Magnolia Bluff that will transfer excess flows to the new CSO control facility on 23rd Avenue West in the Smith Cove area. 

On 32nd Avenue West, construction crews will install the new gravity sewer pipeline that will be drilled under the hill to the Smith Cove Athletic Field to connect to the underground storage tank on 23rd Avenue West. See map on right.

Why does King County need to do this project?

This project is part of a long-term King County plan to help protect Puget Sound and control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in local waterways. When completed, the project will meet current Washington Department of Ecology requirements of no more than one CSO discharge per year on a long-term average. The project is included in a federal consent decree that requires completion by December 2015.

What is the schedule for this project?

Planning and design for this project took place from 2007 to 2013. Construction began in 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.

South Magnolia CSO Control Project Timeline, May 2013
View South Magnolia CSO Control Project Timeline (PDF), updated May 2013.

Being a good neighbor to nearby Magnolia eagles

Magnolia Boulevard Park has a pair of bald eagles that have resided in a cottonwood tree above 32nd Avenue West for several years. During project design and as construction approached on 32nd, Hillary Schafer, King County’s Environmental Planner, worked closely with local and federal environmental agencies to develop plans for work around the eagle nests. Plans in place include seasonal restrictions on certain activities during mating seasons, monitoring and other accommodations for the birds. For more information, view the Fall 2014 Newsletter (PDF) or contact

Hotline - South Magnolia CSO Control Project
24/7 Construction Hotline: 206-205-0968
Leave a message, and a project team member will return your call.
Project contact: Monica Van der Vieren, 206-477-5502, or via feedback form.

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