Construction has begun on a stormwater improvement project in Birch Bay.
On October 6, construction crews began work on the new drainage system on Seaview Drive in Birch Bay’s Cottonwood neighborhood. The project will replace failing pipes and culverts, improve ditches and replace old catch basins. These improvements will funnel stormwater to the bioswales on the corner of Seaview Drive and Maple Crest Avenue.
Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management District (BBWARM) is funding the project. The Seaview drainage upgrade project has been in the works since 2013, after the completion of the Cottonwood neighborhood drainage improvement project. Project managers noticed stormwater was not being properly drained along Seaview Drive, leading to overflow that drained into the bluff above Birch Bay Drive.
The upgrades will ensure storm runoff will be properly channeled to the bioswales, architectural elements that filter out pollutants and debris from stormwater before routing it into the bay.
The project has been contracted to the Colacurcio Brothers of Blaine. Construction will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers should expect some minor delays along Seaview Drive, as well as the occasional short-term road closure. BBWARM estimates the project will be finished by early November.