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Fauntleroy Creek Culverts Replacement Project | Update on 45th Ave SW Culvert

date posted: 12 Apr 2023

This,from SPU:

Fauntleroy Creek Culverts Replacement Project | Update on 45th Ave SW Culvert

Dear Neighbors,

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) would like to provide an update regarding theactivities near the 45th Ave SW culvert on Fauntleroy Creek. You may have noticed increased activity in this area, including the development of ponded waterin the ravine upstream of the culvert. SPU is closely monitoring this culvert and is prepared to manage the water if it ponds too deep.  

Three weeks ago, when water started to pond upstream, SPU investigated anddetermined that the culvert was mostly blocked with debris. During this time, SPUhas been assessing repair options and actively monitoring and evaluating the culvert and upstream conditions. As soon as Wednesday, April 12, SPU will use a pump and bypass system to attempt to lower the water level upstream of the culvert to better assess conditions in the culvert. During this temporary work, you can expect periodic noise from the pumping equipment and slower traffic in the work area. This work would occur during daytime hours.  

SPU will continue to perform work at the culvert to eliminate the blockage and may change strategies depending on the culvert and weather conditions. SPU will continue to keep the community updated on the progress of this evaluation and condition of the culvert as the situation develops. For questions about this work, please contact Josh Meidav at josh.meidav@seattle.gov or (206) 437-7528.

For More Information:

As part of the Fauntleroy Creek Culverts Replacement Project, we previously shared that this culvert is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. SPU is in the process of developing a design for this culvert (you can view early design concepts on our project website). Since Fauntleroy Creek is a salmon-bearing creek, there are requirements from State and Federal agencies that must be met and reviewed during the culvert’s design process. As a result, the design will not be completed for several years, with construction anticipated to start in summer 2026. For more information on this future work, please visit the project website.  

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About the Fauntleroy Community Association

The purpose of this organization is to consider and act on concerns affecting the quality of life and character of the Fauntleroy community in Seattle, Washington. -- Fauntleroy Community Association Bylaws

Read our Bylaws In the mid 1970's a neighborhood group around the Fauntleroy Ferry dock formed when they were informed by one of their Washington State Legislators that the Washington State Ferry System was planning an expansion of the ferry dock at Fauntleroy. That group, The Fauntleroy Environmental Association (FEA), worked to expose WSF's plans to the community. In 1980 the FEA changed their name to the Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) to stay vigilant about future attempts by WSF's to expand the dock. The group has remained active focused on community concerns that affect the quality of life and character of the Fauntleroy Community. In more recent years the FCA has been a major underwriter of social community events such as the Fauntleroy Fall Festival which draws over a thousand visitors to this annual free event. In and around 2011 the FCA organized a successful opposition to placing a zip-line in Lincoln Park. More recently the FCA has been the key driver in getting Brace Point Drive where it goes thru the Fauntleroy Business area converted to a one way street, has placed and maintained planter boxes in the business area, placed pedestrian crossing flags at various intersections throughout the community, was instrumental in having a guard rail put in along the west side of Marine View Drive and arranged to have several tons of creosote soaked logs removed from the beaches in Fauntleroy Cove.

The FCA is an all volunteer organization that puts out a quarterly newsletter, "Neighbors" and holds its annual meeting (except during the Coronavirus pandemic) in March at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. The goal of the organization is to represent the interests of the community to the City, County and State. Every other year the FCA sends out a survey to over 3,000 residents of the community to get their input on what are the issues of greatest concern to the community so the FCA Board can focus on those issues over the next two years. These topics and others are discussed at their monthly open public Business meetings.

Thank you to all our Community Partners!

For information about becoming a Community Partner, e-mail FCA President Mike Dey (president@fauntleroy.net).


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