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SE 27th Street Stormwater Upgrade Project

The Town will begin work to construct a stormwater conveyance system on SE 27th Street through private and community owned property along SE 27th Street from its intersection with 104th Ave SE to its western terminus at Lake Washington.  Most of this portion of SE 27th Street is owned by the Western Academy of Beaux Arts (WABA).

Currently, stormwater runoff flows along the unpaved portion of this steep street causing significant erosion of the right-of-way and potential damage to the road and carrying sediment into Lake Washington.  Protecting SE 27th Street is critical to the Town because it is the only road to the wellheads that supply water to Town residents, and access is necessary for maintenance of that system.  In addition, the water-supply line and signal wire that connect to the Town’s water tank run through this corridor.  Protecting SE 27th Street is important to WABA, because this street provides the only ingress/egress for several homes and is one of only two roads with access to WABA's private beach.  Because of these joint interests, WABA has granted a construction easement to the Town for the proposed work.

This project was identified in the Town's 2015 Stormwater Management Plan, but the cost to perform the work was prohibitive.  Thanks to the efforts of Councilmember Stowe, the Town obtained funding through a FEMA grant (administered through the State of Washington) to complete this needed work.

The Town conducted an Open House in January 2020.  Mayor Gillem, Councilmember Stowe, and Town Engineer Schroeder gave a brief presentation to residents and answered questions.  The drawings displayed during this Open House were very preliminary. 

Design drawings for this project are now 90% complete (see link to documents below), and the Town Engineer expects to solicit project bids in mid-March.  Project construction is expected to begin in summer and last approximately 30 days.


SE 27th Street Design Documents

Contact Info

Stacia Schroeder
Town Engineer

Tom Stowe