Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project Updates
Status – February 13, 2020
The project purpose is to restore the natural shoreline, protect the roadway from storm damage, and support pedestrian safety with a separated berm that runs from the mouth of Terrell Creek (Lora Lane) to Cedar Avenue approximately 1.58 miles in length along the beach. The project will be constructed over two seasons concluding in April 2021.
Status: Construction began December 9, 2019 and will continue through March 2020 for this first project season. Project will be on hiatus until September 2020.
Contract Awarded: Yes
Contract Amount: $8,724,841.00
Contractor: Granite Construction, Inc.
(2/18-2/21) work is scheduled from 7a to 5p. Contractor will be installing drainage facilities in front of the Bay Breeze Restaurant and will begin replacing logs on the waterward side of the berm slope. Work may also include some gravel import and fine grading of the path south of the restaurant.
(2/24-2/27) work is scheduled from 7a to 5p.
Work will consist of demolition of the paved surfaces around the the Bay Breeze Restaurant and subgrade preparation walls and sidewalks at the restaurant.
The web update's are subject to frequent changes due to contractor scheduling changes. Traffic Impacts: Traffic impacts are likely to include some single lane and shoulder closures. Wait times for lane closures should be less than 5 minutes.
Construction contract is planned to be awarded November 2019 with major elements of the project's 1st phase (soft shore protection) includes the following:
Project Limits: Lora Lane to Cedar Avenue, 1.58 miles
Remove the rip rap, sea walls, groins, and bulkheads along Birch Bay Drive and replace them with a "natural" soft shore beach; reestablishing the beach profile and improving flood protection for the roadway and adjacent structures; this will improve habitat functions and the currently disrupted natural littoral drift of the beach.
Replace and retrofit substandard stormwater facilities and out falls to improve water quality for this significant shellfish area.
Provide beach access and a pedestrian facility as a portion of the Coast Millennium Trail.
Project construction will be over two seasons; September 2017 - May 2018 and September 2018 - May 2019. These work windows were established to avoid construction during the summer high tourism season at Birch Bay and in-water work windows established by environmental permits.