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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
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South Magnolia CSO Control Project

Project Construction

October 24, 2014 Update -

King County’s contractor is continuing underground drilling on 32nd Avenue West to install a new gravity sewer pipeline.

The drilling contractor, Mears Group, Inc, is completing the pilot bore, which is the first step in the drilling process. As soon as October 27th, crews will begin the reaming process to enlarge the bore hole to the final sewer pipe size. This drilling phase is expected to continue through November and will include many of the same activities that were used during the pilot bore drilling. King County will continue to monitor both noise and vibration to ensure that levels are within specified limits. For more detailed information on Horizontal Directional Drilling, visit

The next major activity is delivery and assembly of pipe sections on 32nd Avenue West. The contractor will assemble long strings of pip prior to pulling them into the pilot hole. The pipe sections are 30-50 feet in length and delivery will begin the week of November 3rd. Crews will first clear some brush vegetation along both sides of the roadway to prepare for upcoming pipe storage and assembly. People will experience traffic delays while pipe is being unloaded from trucks.

What you can expect
• Work hours Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; during the drilling process, crews may work longer on some days to complete drilling tasks that must be finished that day, but they will not exceed the allowed City of Seattle hours.
• Increased truck traffic, crews on site, heavy construction activity, noise and some vibration near the work area.
• Traffic delays during pipe delivery.
• Crew members at the site after hours and on Sundays to check site security and operating equipment.

Latest construction update: Construction activities on 32nd Ave W (PDF, October 24, 2014)

Excavation at the CSO storage facility site in the Smith Cove area is also continuing.

Drilling operations are underway on 32nd.
Drilling operations are underway on 32nd. Please drive slowly though the temporary detour and construction area.

View the Fall 2014 Newsletter (PDF, September 2014)

Construction photos: gravity sewer pipeline and storage tank

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.

Construction photos

Construction photos -- gravity sewer pipeline
Gravity sewer pipeline

Construction photos -- storage tank
Storage tank

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