Beginning next TODAY JUNE 2nd, a portion of 35th Ave. Northeast, between Northeast 110th Street and Northeast 105th Street, will be closed to through traffic for approximately six months while the city’s longest creek is reshaped to reduce the potential for chronic flooding and restore habitat for threatened salmon and other species.
For years, the confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek, just east of 35th Avenue Northeast, has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes, Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center and closed the road to traffic.
To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Avenue Northeast and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. The wider channel and flood plain connection will help native fish habitat by spreading out and slowing the peak flows of Thornton Creek.
Additionally, the project will construct a new bridge under 35th Avenue Northeast slightly north of where the creek currently runs. Continue reading