Snohomish County Public Works must excavate a deteriorating culvert under Robe Menzel Road, in the 8000 block, before the road fails and puts the public at risk.
The culvert was originally slated for replacement in 2012, but a recent sinkhole in the area has accelerated the replacement schedule. A failure of the road would also endanger a Snohomish County PUD water main at the site.
The county will save taxpayer dollars and reduce the amount of closure time by replacing the culvert now, rather than paying for temporary repairs this year in addition to full replacement costs later.
Due to the depth of excavation and new state requirements for a larger culvert than is currently in place, a full road closure to all through traffic will be needed for about five weeks beginning July 25. The closure will be in effect at the project site.
In March, before the sinkhole appeared, the bicycle leg of the Lake Stevens Ironman Triathlon route was approved to follow Robe Menzel Road. The county is working with the event organizers to provide a four-hour window and extra safety precautions on Aug. 14 for the bicyclists to walk through on a temporary dirt path along the project site.
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