Puyallup has money to complete the 15th Street water quality infrastructure project, thanks to a $2.184 million line item in the state capital projects budget championed by state Sen. Bruce Dammeier.
“This is a project that we wanted to complete for a number of years,” Puyallup Public Works Director Rob Andreotti said. “It will definitely help the downtown area with stormwater flow.”
The completion of the project, which began in the late 1990s, will comprise the construction of a 48-inch diameter storm trunk that will extend from an existing 48-inch main that goes under the train tracks at 15th Street Northwest and 4th Avenue Northwest to a 30-inch main on West Pioneer.
The completed project will help reduce flooding in the downtown and residential core areas, equaling about 470 acres, according to a city staff report. The project will reduce stormwater into Clarks Creek and divert it to the Puyallup River after it’s treated in a vortex center.
“The center takes out the suspended solids, grease and oil, so water will actually be treated,” Andreotti said.
The Puyallup City Council requested state funding earlier this year. Dammeier, R-Puyallup, said he made sure it was included in the capital projects budget that was approved June 29. Andreotti said the state dollars will be matched with $960,000 in local funds.
“The city had set aside $410,000 in the water fund and $550,000 in the sewer fund to replace the mains on 15th Street Northwest during this project,” Andreotti said. “We will need to reallocate the funds in the 2014 Capital budgets.”
Andreotti thinks the $3.144 million total will be sufficient to complete the project.
He said the state dollars, part of a stormwater improvement grant from the Department of Ecology, will be obligated in early 2014 and will need council approval. The state also will need to sign off, Andreotti said.
“The city would like to do the project as soon as possible in 2014,” he said.
Dammeier said he’s glad to help the effort.
“I think this is a fully justified and important stormwater improvement project that will help our city, both in how we treat our stormwater and how we treat the environment,” he said. “I think it’s a good use of the state’s money in how we improve stormwater overall.”Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.