Status

As of October 2018
Phase: Planning

  • 2019 construction is on hold for program development. Additional program development will ensure future projects are prioritized appropriately and funds are spent efficiently.
  • Design and construction are anticipated to resume in 2020.

Overview and History

The City owns about 140 miles of stormwater pipe. Most of these pipes are over 50 years old and have exceeded their expected lifespan. Older pipes can become damaged over time. Damaged pipes can cause serious problems such as flooding or sinkholes. In 2011 we started a program to inspect all pipes by video camera to identify damage.

The Stormwater Pipe Repair and Replacement Program (SWPRRP) fixes damaged pipes. We prioritize repairs based on the severity of damage and importance of the pipe. Our preferred repair method is to install a durable liner inside the existing pipe. Pipes too badly damaged to repair by lining are dug up and replaced. We seek to maximize the number of repairs we can do by choosing the lowest-cost reliable methods.

Pipe repair by CIPP liner
Pipe repair by CIPP liner. This photo shows the steam venting end of the inflated liner protruding from an open catch basin.

Previous Pipe Repair and Replacement Projects

  • 2014 was the first year of the Stormwater Pipe Repair and Replacement Program. 13 pipes were repaired within Storm Creek and Boeing Creek Basins. Work included 780 linear feet (LF) of CIPP liner repair and 86 LF of open cut replaced pipe.
  • 2015 Stormwater Pipe Open Cut Repair Project repaired pipes at 11 locations. Replacement work included 300 LF of pipe and 11 catch basins.
  • 2016 CIPP Stormwater Pipe Repair Project installed over 3,000 LF of CIPP liner. Work was done at 21 locations mostly within McAleer and Lyon Creek Basins. 
  • 2017 Stormwater (Open Cut) Pipe Replacements Project completed work at three general locations. Replacement work included 700 LF of pipe and 10 catch basins.
  • 2014 and 2015 Stormwater Pipe Repair and Replacement Program work was funded in part by the King County Flood Control District Sub-Regional Opportunity Fund.

Open Cut-Style Pipe Repair. A trench is dug to remove the damaged pipe. The new pipe is installed as a partial replacement. Couplings are used to connect new to existing undamaged pipe as shown.

 Pipe Interiors Before and After Repair