Habitat restoration work starts next week at Squak Valley Park North

July 22, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. July 22, 2010

Crews should start to restore Issaquah Creek habitat at Squak Valley Park North next week.

Plans call for soil to be excavated from the existing levee and floodplain. The project also includes logs to be added to the creek, plus habitat features for fish and wildlife. Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant native vegetation at the site this fall.

The completed project should allow the creek to resume a more natural, meandering flow. The city expects work to last up to eight weeks.

Expect construction to occur from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, although additional work could occur on Saturday to meet schedules.

The excavation requires a considerable amount of dirt hauling using dump trucks with trailers. Most of the trucks will use Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, but some trucks must use Sycamore Drive Southeast and Southeast Sycamore Lane to access a portion of the project site.

Flaggers will direct traffic, and streets will be swept to remove dirt. Learn more about the project here.

The park sits across Issaquah Creek from the Sycamore neighborhood. The park boundaries wedge the Squak Valley Park North against the city limits along the eastern edge.

Maple Valley Gardeners submitted the lowest bid — $337,038 to remove a Great Depression-era levee from the park, construct a smaller levee farther from the creek and restore salmon habitat.

The construction bid came in almost $100,000 less than engineers had estimated.

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