September 2, 2011 |

Snohomish County completes Robe Menzel repairs two weeks early

Snohomish County has completed repairs and reopened Robe Menzel Road, south of Granite Falls, two weeks earlier than anticipated.

County Public Works’ crews excavated a deteriorating culvert under Robe Menzel Road, in the 8000 block, preventing a complete road failure that could have caused serious damage to a Snohomish County PUD water main at the site.

“Our crews worked hard, long hours to complete this project and reopen the road prior to school starting,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “Although there were some significant challenges, the women and men on this project did a tremendous job.”

The culvert was originally slated for replacement in 2012, but a recent sinkhole in the area accelerated the replacement schedule. During the repair, the PUD’s water main had to be suspended nearly 15 feet in the air, allowing crews to excavate 20 feet to remove the failing culvert and replace it with a new, much larger culvert.

By completing the work now rather than paying for temporary fixes, the county expects to save future taxpayer dollars.

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