Meadowbrook Community Council

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

Thornton Creek Bridge Study

This project is studying 4 bridges in the Matthews Beach neighborhood that have an average age of 65 years and are showing signs of deterioration. While still safe to use, each bridge is near the end of its useful life. The primary goal of this study is to identify feasible solutions that address long-term multimodal transportation demand.

At the drop-in sessions, you’ll be able to learn about the 4 bridges we’re studying, provide feedback, and engage with project staff. 

Below are the details of each session:

Tuesday, August 20: 5:30 – 7 PM
Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE

Wednesday, August 21: 8:30 – 10 AM
Saint Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 
3540 NE 110th St

These drop-in sessions are informal; we encourage you to come by when it’s convenient for you. If you can’t make one of these events, similar content will be posted to our project webpage as soon as August 22.

Project Overview

There are 4 bridges being studied during 2019. All the bridges cross Thornton Creek Channel:

Bridge 105 is on NE 110th St, 200 feet east of the intersection with 35th Ave NE
Bridge 115 is on 39th Ave NE, 120 feet north of the intersection with NE 105th St
Bridge 104 is on NE 105th St, at the intersection of 40th Ave NE
Bridge 109 is on 45th Ave NE, 70 feet south of the intersection with NE 97th St

Various experts have visited each bridge to study their current condition and to write a report detailing their findings. These experts examined many factors, including the structure of the bridges, the condition of the soil beneath them, the flow of the creek, and the potential environmental impacts of any work.

We will complete this study before the end of 2019 and share recommendations with the community in order to secure feedback from all interested parties.

Project Location

PDF version

Schedule

The elements of this preliminary study will be ongoing throughout 2019. They will include public meetings. The schedule for these meetings will published here once determined.

Funding

This study has been funded through early planning. Funding for design and construction will be evaluated following a review by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee.

Thornton Creek Bridge Study Outreach

DateEvent
August 21, 2019Open House – Saint Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
August 20, 2019Open House Meadowbrook Community Center
August 8, 2019Invite Mailer
April, 2019Door to door outreach

Planning Phase

Get Involved

We will be sharing information and seeking public input throughout this project. Your feedback will help ensure that designs reflect the needs of the community. To sign up for email updates on the project, please contact our communication lead, Darrell Bulmer at Darrell.Bulmer@seattle.gov.



If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time. 

Darrell Bulmer
Communications Lead
Pronouns: he/him/his
City of Seattle, Department of Transportation
O: 206-256-5563 | M: 206-375-5636 | darrell.bulmer@seattle.gov


Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Project

Thornton Creek Natural Drainage System Project
click to download (pdf)

SPU is working on a project to install natural drainage systems in the Thornton Creek basin. These systems consist of shallow depressions in the public right-of-way, or “planter strip,” filled with deep-rooted plants and spongy soils that temporarily hold and clean polluted stormwater from streets and sidewalks. 

Why Thornton Creek? 

Stormwater picks up pollutants from streets— including oil, heavy metals, and fertilizers— and flows into the Seattle’s creeks through ditches or pipes. Thornton Creek is a salmon-bearing urban creek with degraded water quality, and SPU is performing this work to remove pollutants from the stormwater before it reaches the creek. 

What’s Happening Now? 

We completed our technical analysis of potential locations for the natural drainage systems, and the project team is starting the design phase of this project. Throughout 2019 and 2020, our team will be engaging residents near the project site locations to share more information and gather feedback. 

Stay in the Know 

For more information about the project, please visit www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/ projects/thornton-natural-drainage 

You can also reach out to SPU Project Manager, Luis Ramirez, at luis.ramirez@seattle.gov.


Share your experiences with flooding and sewer backups 
Take our survey: go.participate.online/DSA1

Seattle Public Utilities is studying flooding in the drainage and wastewater systems. Information you and your neighbors share will help us understand where the system isn’t working and plan future upgrades. Please fill out our online survey. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have experienced flooding or sewer backups, noticed flooding in the street or sidewalk in your neighborhood, or if you own a building/house in Seattle. If you’d like a paper survey, or to complete the survey over the phone, please call (206) 274-4944. After filling out the survey, you can enter into a raffle to recieve one of several gift card prizes. 

What if I have problems now? 
  • For emergencies, call 911 
  • If you experience sewer backups or bad flooding during a storm, call our 24/7 Emergency Services line at (206) 386-1800 
  • For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our online drain report by visiting www.seattle. gov/utilities/services/drainage-and-sewer; a crew member will respond in 3-5 business days 

Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project

 Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project 
click to download flyer (pdf)

 Meadowbrook Pond is a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) stormwater detention and flood control facility located at 35th Ave NE, between NE 105th and 110th streets. It provides multiple stormwater benefits, including flood reduction, water quality improvement, sediment removal, and habitat improvement for Thornton Creek. In addition, Meadowbrook Pond provides wildlife habitat and open space. 

 What’s happening now? 

 In September 2018, SPU completed partial in-water removal of sediment from Meadowbrook Pond. This summer, SPU contractor crews are scheduled to perform dredging work in the southwest portion of the pond where most of the sediment accumulates. Crews are expected to begin mobilizing as early as late May, and in-water construction for this project is permitted from early July through September. Dredging is expected to take less than that time, and site restoration should be complete by the end of the summer. SPU will update the community about project schedule and anticipated construction impacts. 

SPU also plans to dredge Lake City Pond, which is another stormwater detention and flood control facility located near NE 125th St and 35th Ave NE. This work will help reduce sediment in Thornton Creek upstream from Meadowbrook Pond. 

*Note, schedule is subject to change due to permitting and other factors. 

 Stay in the Know 

 For more information about the project and to sign up for the project email list, please visit: 

www.seattle.gov/utilities/environment-and-conservation/projects/meadowbrook-pond-facility-rehabilitation 

You can also reach out to SPU Project Manager, Jonathan Brown, at jonathan.brown@seattle.gov.


Share your experiences with flooding and sewer backups 

Take our survey: go.participate.online/DSA1

Seattle Public Utilities is studying flooding in the drainage and wastewater systems. Information you and your neighbors share will help us understand where the system isn’t working and plan future upgrades. Please fill out our online survey. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have experienced flooding or sewer backups, noticed flooding in the street or sidewalk in your neighborhood, or if you own a building/house in Seattle. If you’d like a paper survey, or to complete the survey over the phone, please call (206) 274-4944. After filling out the survey, you can enter into a raffle to recieve one of several gift card prizes. 

What if I have problems now? 
  • For emergencies, call 911 
  • If you experience sewer backups or bad flooding during a storm, call our 24/7 Emergency Services line at (206) 386-1800 
  • For non-urgent plugged storm drains, use our online drain report by visiting www.seattle. gov/utilities/services/drainage-and-sewer; a crew member will respond in 3-5 business days 

Thornton Creek Alliance General Meeting October 24

click to download flyer (PDF)

Dr. David Montgomery, PhD.

Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington presents:

Growing a Revolution: Soil, Water, and Society: How restoring health to degraded soils can dramatically improve and sustain the quality of surface and ground water resources while also providing better profits for farmers and improving the overall health of society.

Dr. Montgomery is the author of five books, including Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life; The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health; and King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon.

6:00 PM Social / 6:30 to 8:30 PM General Meeting

Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
10005 32nd AVE NE
Seattle, WA 98125

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

thornton-creek-alliance.org
facebook.com/thornton.creek.alliance

For questions about the meeting contact Dan Keefe at: papadan44@gmail.com.

Meadowbrook Pond Project Update – – August 24, 2018

Good Day,

I wanted to provide you with an update about construction on the Meadowbrook Pond Rehabilitation Project.

The contractor mobilized on the site, installed the stream bypass, and began work in the forebay and cell 1.

On August 21, 2018, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 called for an immediate economic stand down (i.e. a strike). Until this is resolved, the strike is impacting construction on the Meadowbrook Pond Rehabilitation Project. For information on this topic, visit http://www.iuoe302.org/.

We will continue to monitor the situation. Following the Labor Day Holiday, I will share an update about the strike and the project schedule.

Regards,
Jonathan Brown
Project Manager
Seattle Public Utilities
jonathan.brown@seattle.gov

MEADOWBROOK POND IS NOW CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE PROJECT

Message From Jonathan Brown of Seattle Public UtilitiesSeal of the City of Seattle

Dear Community Member,

We have kept the Meadowbrook Pond open as long as possible while we worked with the contractor to finalize pre-construction activities.

As of July 30, the Meadowbrook Pond will be closed for about 3 months so SPU contractor crews can remove accumulated sediment from the pond. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with possible evening and weekend work.

The perimeter path along 39th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 105th Street will remain open with intermittent disruption to allow for vehicle crossing. In addition, we worked with the contractor to also provide access to the footbridge via the path off 35th Avenue N.E. However, the rest of the site will be closed throughout much of construction for safety and security reasons.

We are continuing to work with our Urban Ecosystems team to monitor wildlife on the site. Last week, an SPU biologist marked the location of a green heron nest and coordinated with Washington State Fish and Wildlife to develop guidance for the construction team on ways to avoid impacting the area around the nest.

I will share updates throughout construction via this email list and the (project website). Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we perform this necessary maintenance work.

Regards,
Jonathan Brown
Project Manager
Seattle Public Utilities
jonathan.brown@seattle.gov