Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

35th Ave NE is open! Update from Emily Reardon

Thornton Creek Confluence Project
Construction Update – January 16

Using this week’s dry weather, the contractor was able to complete the remaining pieces of work in order to open 35th Avenue NE. As of this afternoon, 35th Avenue NE is open to through traffic. Regular traffic flows, including Metro routes 64 and 65, will resume and the sidewalks are open to pedestrians. Please visit the King County Metro Service Advisories page for more information on the bus routes:

Over the next few weeks, occasional lane closures are anticipated due to streetscape improvements as part of the project and finishing touches will be ongoing within the floodplain area adjacent to 35th Avenue NE.

We would also like to thank everyone for the questions and comments we received at the January 13 Meadowbrook Community Council meeting. For those of you who could not make it, we shared an overview of the project that is now available on our project website under ‘Related Links’.

Thank you for your continued patience as we wrap up construction.


Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at or 206-615-0030 or visit the project website at:

The Road: Almost There


Jason Sharpley, Seattle Public Utilities Project Engineer, reviews the timeline of the work at The Confluence in Meadowbrook.

Jason Sharpley, Seattle Public Utilities Project Engineer, reviews the timeline of the work at The Confluence in Meadowbrook.

On Tuesday evening, January 13, a roomful of 50+ people at the Meadowbrook Community Center listened intently as Seattle Public Utilities Project Engineer Jason Sharpley reviewed the work that was done at The Confluence from May to December of 2014. Of primary concern was the question, when will the road open again?

To finish the concrete and road-building on 35th Ave NE at NE 107th Street, workers need two more days with NO rain, and with temperatures at 45 degrees or above. One day, Wednesday January 14, is predicted to have these ideal conditions. Rain is predicted for the following days. Whenever another clear day occurs, then the road work can be finished. Therefore, the earliest date of road opening will be sometime during the week of January 19th, 2015, if conditions are favorable.

Project Engineer Jason Sharpley discussed the timeline and the work that has been successfully accomplished. Delays and setbacks occurred with summer storms which flooded the project site. In December 2014, freezing temperatures slowed the time needed for concrete to set.

At the point of NE 107th Street, the roadway of 35th Ave NE has been rebuilt into a bridge structure with the South Branch of Thornton Creek flowing underneath.

At the point of NE 107th Street, the roadway of 35th Ave NE has been rebuilt into a bridge structure with the South Branch of Thornton Creek flowing underneath.

A new bridge structure has been built for 35th Ave NE at NE 107th Street, spanning the South Branch of Thornton Creek which has been “daylighted” to flow under the road. The South Branch flows eastward into a newly created floodplain area, the site of The Confluence of the North and South Branches of Thornton Creek. The creek flows into Meadowbrook Pond, a Seattle Public Utilities project created in 1996-98 for flood control and filtration of the water. The pond is also a wonderful urban amenity with habitat for wildlife.

Meadowbrook Community Meeting Agenda Jan. 13, 2015

Happy New Year to you all,

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Place: Meadowbrook Community Center 10517 35th Avenue NE

I trust and hope you all had a good holiday season. For our first meeting in 2015 our featured presenter will be Brian Dougherty of SDOT who will present the 60% completion results of both sidewalk segments on NE 110th street. His projected schedule will also be provided.

We will also be joined by Emily Reardon and Jason Sharpley from SPU, they will give us an update on the progress of the Meadowbrook Pond and 35th Ave Confluence Project.

We have started a Meadowbrook Greenways Group which is currently a subgroup of Lake City Greenways. We will have a presentation on status of several proposed streets for Greenways treatments and take suggestions for others.

Standing reports on the garden, crime and the website will also be presented and ideas on topics for future meetings in 2015 will, as always, be welcome.

Mark your calendars– Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Dan Keefe, MCC President

Thornton Creek and 35th Ave NE Project Update

Thornton Creek Confluence
Construction Update – December 30

The Thornton Creek Confluence team would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015! Below is a list of the finishing touches the contractor will be working on over the coming weeks:

• Concrete panels on the southwest half of the roadway have been poured and framing for the northern side roadway panels and sidewalk/ADA ramps continues this week.
• Coordination with affected utilities continues. Comcast has relocated, Century Link is scheduled to complete their relocation shortly, and electrical re-connections are underway.
• Landscaping and final grading for the new cul-de-sac is ongoing near 36th Ave NE, east of the north branch. Continue reading

35th Avenue Construction Update — December 5th, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence
Construction Update – December 5
Seal of the City of Seattle

We’d like to provide an update on the status of construction activities for the Thornton Creek Confluence. Unfortunately, since a lot of the remaining work depends on the weather, we do not yet have an exact date for when the roadway will be open. Since our last update, the following activities have been completed:

• Concrete has been poured and is curing on the 35th Avenue NE north approach slab*.
• Fencing along the project area and east side of Nathan Hale High School has been installed.
• 36th Avenue NE is undergoing final grading work.
• Landscaping within the floodplain is ongoing. Continue reading

2014 Report of Activities, Actions, Planning, and the Future

Meadowbrook Community Council
2014 Year End Summary

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

Greetings fellow Meadowbrook neighbors: First I must apologize for the confusion around the scheduling of our November meeting. I failed to double check to see if the Center would be open and they filed to tell me that the 11th wouldn’t work because the Center would be closed for Veteran’s Day. Not the end of the world, so onwards!

Because the rest of the days in November were rapidly filling up I decided to “start over” on January 13th with our regular meeting schedule and, instead of a November meeting, send out a brief summary on the status of the various projects that have been ongoing over the past year. I have obtained updates from city employees, our local police status person, Aundie Collison, and production and status of the community garden & orchard. Below, in no particular order, are brief reports on the various projects and issues affecting Meadowbrook. Continue reading

Meadowbrook/Matthews Beach Greenways Meeting October 28, 2014

Special Meeting Announcement:lakecitygreenways

Interested in learning about the establishment of a Greenways corridor in the Meadowbrook area? Greenways projects help to provide safer routes for pedestrians and bikers in key areas such as streets near schools and parks etc. Meadowbrook Community Council is sponsoring a meeting next Tuesday, Oct 28th at the MCC, from 7 – 8 pm in our regular meeting room.

We have scheduled two experts on Greenways to make a presentation on what a greenway is, examples of successful projects and how to do our own project(s). Continue reading


September 9, 2014

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

At 6:30 pm the President, Dan Keefe, called the meeting to order. There were 14 voting members in attendance and 16 nonmembers.

Sidewalks/ Safe Routes to Schools Brian Dougherty of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reported on sidewalk projects on NE 110th Street. The proposed concrete sidewalk and curb on the south side of NE 110th between 39th and 40th Avenues NE is 30% designed, fully funded under the Safe Routes to Schools program, and due to start construction in the summer of 2015. SDOT will go to adjacent neighbors now with a draft design for their comments. The section between 35th and 36th needs a new bridge for pedestrians. SDOT is starting design work on that second section and will have 30% design on that section when he reports back to the MCC in January. A third sidewalk project to widen the sidewalk on the south side of NE 110th Street, east of 40th to Sand Point Way NE, has had a design team assigned. Continue reading

Construction Update — Sept. 26, 2014

Thornton Creek Confluence ProjectSeal of the City of Seattle

This week’s rain events have allowed us to review the operation of the new creek, both the north and south branch, with higher flows. The engineered log structures and rock weirs that were installed are working well and we are seeing sediment move, as designed, throughout the channel. The habitat logs are showing good formation of pools in and around the full trees that were placed.

Weekend Work

Also due to the rainfall this week, construction of the in-water work has progressed slower than anticipated. Work on Sunday, September 28, is possible this weekend to ensure we finish the in-water construction before the end of this month. Sunday work would begin no earlier than 9:00 a.m. Thank you for your continued patience during construction!


Contact Jason Sharpley, Project Manager, at or (206) 615-0030 or visit the project website: