Council rejects noise exemption for needed construction

Construction on Snoqualmie Parkway will have to happen during daytime hours.

Residents of the Eagle Point neighborhood in Snoqualmie can rest assured that there will be no construction noise interrupting their sleep.

The city council rejected an exemption to the city noise ordinance that would have allowed construction to happen outside the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekday noise parameters.

The decision was made during the Oct. 28 city council meeting. The exemption was intended to accommodate upcoming water main construction — a critical component of the Snoqualmie Ridge II infrastructure.

“There’s 20 plus homes with no natural sound barriers associated with this,” Councilmember Sean Sundwall said. “I don’t need to go knock on their door to see if they’re okay with concrete sawing, jack hammering and concrete digging up between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m… no one is. “

The exemption does not benefit the city, or add cost, Sundwall said. What it does is add noise to an otherwise quiet neighborhood.

The planned construction will extend from the intersection of Snoqualmie Parkway and Southeast Jacobia Street, south along the parkway and then west to reach an existing Snoqualmie Valley Hospital water main.

The completion of the looped water system will provide operation flexibility and redundancy to the hospital, Panorama Apartments and future nearby development, according to city documents.

The water main was originally supposed to be installed beneath the trail on the west side of Snoqualmie Parkway. City documents state that because of utility conflicts with those already under the trail, the main will be built beneath the southbound right lane of Snoqualmie Parkway instead.

During the council meeting however, that was corrected to say the main will have to be built beneath the left lane.

Typically, the city will restrict lane closures on Snoqualmie Parkway between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., giving a short window for daily construction work. The small window could extend the time needed to finish the water main installation.

Construction company Murray Franklyn requested that the city allow them to work outside the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekday hours. It could also lessen the impacts of daytime lane closures.

Specifically, they requested two weeks of night work (10 consecutive weekdays) to happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The construction would begin shortly after city approval and would not occur around the Thanksgiving holiday.

City staff also expressed concerns about the closure of the left lane of Snoqualmie Parkway beginning at 6 p.m., city documents state, given the congestion at the Interstate 90 and state Route 18 Interchange.