333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup

8th Ave NW - Low Impact Development (LID) Retrofit

Puyallup's first Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) street, funded by an Ecology Stormwater Grant with matching Puyallup Stormwater funds, was completed in December 2012. Planting of the right-of-way rain gardens was completed in tradition of Puyallup's Rain Garden Program. A volunteer event was held March 16, 2013 where 90+ volunteers installed over 2,500 plants. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted during the event by the Puyallup Chamber of Commerce as Mayor Hansen and Puyallup Council members proclaimed the 8th Ave NW project as Puyallup's first Green Street.  Thank you to all who joined us and to the volunteers for making this such a successful event.

Want to see the transformation this street underwent? Look through the project photographs to see details from the construction phase as well as before and after photographs of the site.

Intrigued by the positive environmental impact this project made? Visit our Rain Garden Program web page for information on how to participate in our cost-share program to install your own GSI at your Puyallup home.

Please contact us with any questions about this project.

Project Status

February 5, 2013 - City Council has accepted the construction of the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit as complete.

December 13, 2012 - The project has been deemed substantially complete! With only a few checklist items to complete, the rain garden planting in March 2013 will finish this project entirely.

December 12, 2012 - Paving was completed 12/10/2012! Depending on weather conditions, the pavement usually needs to set for up to 48 hours prior to allowing traffic on it. The contractor will keep the roadway closed to through and local traffic until the pavement is ready to be driven on.

After finishing up the rain garden preparation work this week, the contractor will cover the rain garden planting beds with canvas until the March 16, 2013 planting event.

December 3, 2012 - Work is coming down to the last few elements! The contractor has finished the sidewalks, storm monitoring lines, roadway edge restraints/curbing, and has roughed-in the rain gardens. 

Excavation on the roadway has begun, and the street will now be closed until 2 days after paving is completed, weather dependent.

November 26, 2012 - To-date the contractor has finished both sidewalk sections, the storm monitoring lines, and the roadway edge restraints/curbing. This week, work will begin on the rain gardens including excavation and soil amendment and preparation of the planting areas.

Monday, December 3, 2012, the contractor anticipates beginning on the roadway excavation, and continuing with the road base preparation and porous asphalt application immediately following. As a reminder, this work will require complete closure of the road, and will continue until the asphalt has set—it is anticipated that the closure will last from 5 to 10 days, weather dependent.

The community planting event for the rain gardens has been scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 9am-2pm. View the flier and share with friends as you invite them to join us for the invite!

November 19, 2012 The contractor is finishing off work on the edge restraint (curbing) for the roadway, and anticipates working on roughing in the rain garden and planting areas. Based on the contractor's projected schedule, roadway excavation will begin soon, with paving anticipated for the week of December 10. 

The planting of the rain gardens has been re-scheduled to March 16, 2013. This change was made to ensure that the contractor's work is not affected by other activities.

November 11, 2012 - With installation of the permeable paver sidewalk complete, the contractor continues work on the edge restraint (curbing) for the roadway as well as work on storm lines for the project monitoring element required by Ecology. Based on the contractor's schedule, the planting of the ROW rain gardens will be delayed until 2013, to ensure that the contractor's work is not affected by other activities

October 29, 2012 - The Contractor anticipates beginning work on storm lines included as part of the Ecology-required monitoring element of this project. This work will be focused on the south side of the roadway. The contractor anticipates continuing work on the north-side sidewalks through next week as well. To accommodate this work the Contractor anticipates having partial and/or daily closures of the roadway.  The Contractor will continue to coordinate with homeowners for access on 8th Ave NW where and when possible, and will provide updates when complete road closures will be needed.

October 24, 2012 - Sidewalks on the south side of 8th Ave NW: The Contractor will be working to remove the existing sidewalks, install the sub-base crushed rock, and pour the new sidewalk. The Contractor anticipates pouring the pervious concrete sidewalk on THURSDAY, 10/25/2012. The Contractor plans to start removing the sidewalks on the north side of the road on FRIDAY, 10/26/2012.

October 22, 2012 - Work on the south-side sidewalks is underway this week! The contractor anticipates pouring the new pervious concrete sidewalks on the south side of 8th Ave NW between 9th and 11th Street NW on Friday, 10/26/2012.

October 15, 2012 - Project staking of the site began today, in anticipation of work to begin tomorrow, Tuesday October 16th. If you look around the project site you will be wood stakes marking out various items for the project. If you find a stake near your home, please leave it there - some stakes locate key points for the contractor to take measurement from for construction, and others show where utilities such as water lines are underground.

October 11, 2012 - Construction is about to begin! The City's contractor anticipates beginning construction work on Tuesday, 10/16/2012. Construction is scheduled for 40 working days.

October 4, 2012 - City Council formally approved and awarded the contract for construction of the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit to RS Underground, Inc. of Puyallup. The contracting process is underway, and a pre-construction meeting will be held soon to discuss a proposed construction schedule. Check back soon for details on the anticipated construction times.

September 21, 2012 - The bid process for construction of the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit is complete. The apparent low bidder is RS Underground, Inc. from Puyallup, WA. The contract will be presented to City Council for approval and award at the October 2, 2012 council meeting, to be held at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers, 5th floor of City Hall. We invite the project-area residents to attend the meeting and share their input and support on the project.

Pending City Council approval of the construction contract at the 10/02/2012 meeting, the project is anticipated to break ground by November 2012.

September 12, 2012 - Designs have been completed for the right-of-way rain gardens. A link is posted in the left-hand column of this web page. The City welcomes comments from project area residents during the review period as Ecology - our funding partner - reviews them as well.

August 29, 2012 - The 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit was put out to bid today with a Notice to Contractors posted in several area newspapers, as well as posted to the City website. Bid opening will be on September 19, 2012 at 2:00pm at City Hall. Read the Notice to Contractors for more information.

August 2012 - The right-of-way rain gardens have been drafted, and will be posted shortly for viewing. These designs incorporated comments and input gathered from the residents of the project neighborhood. The 11 gardens each have elements that reflect the neighboring-homes' desires for the gardens, as well as compliment any existing private rain gardens already installed at the homes. As a whole, all gardens carry a similar theme, ensuring a professional, planned appearance will be achieved throughout the block. Site distance considerations and design constraints were used around all driveway areas, to ensure the full-grown plant heights will not interfere with visibility.

July 2012 - The near-final, 90%, design plans were submitted to Ecology for review, as required by the grant funding agreement. Ecology provided timely comments, to which the City drafted a response, finalized the design plans, and began compiling the final documents necessary to put the project out to bid for construction.

June 2012 - Thank you to the project-area property owners who joined us for the Neighborhood Meeting on June 25th. Input and comments were gathered on plant palette preferences and selections for the right-of-way rain gardens. Design of the rain gardens will continue, and a draft of the designs will be shared for further comment.

June 2012 - Ecology has provided initial comments on the 30% design. We are currently reviewing comments, and developing design revisions based on our review of the current project. The next step in the process will be to respond to Ecology's comments, and then move forward with developing final design, and bid documents for construction of the project.

March 2012 - Initial designs, estimates, and plans have been drafted and are being compiled for submittal to Ecology for review. After Ecology's review - up to 45 days - we will continue with design to 90%, and again submit for Ecology review prior to soliciting bids for the construction portion of the project. Homeowners will begin receiving mailed monthly updates on the planned construction schedule as well as opportunities to review the plans.

February 2012 - The design group has been working to develop our 30% plans, which will be submitted to our funding agency, Ecology for review and input next month. Design considerations have included maintaining existing private home access, design consideration for non-rain garden areas in the right of way, and homeowner access during construction.

December 2011 - JKA Civil Engineering has been contracted to complete the design and specifications for the retrofit project. Test pits will be dug and soils reviewed on 12/22/2011.

December 2011 - Contracts are under development for on-call civil design and rain garden design services. These efforts will produce completed design plans and bid packages that will be published in early 2012 in preparation for construction in spring 2012.

September 2011 - We are currently drafting the grant-required construction documents and monitoring materials required for review.

February 2011 - The paperwork is signed and we are ready to proceed! February 3, 2011 marked the official contract start date for the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit grant. With preliminary plans drafted, the Stormwater department will now move forward with scheduling and procurement activities and set some calendar dates for rain garden installations and sidewalk and roadway construction.

May 2010 - Ecology has announced their draft list for funding and this project is scheduled for full funding. The comment period has recently closed, and Ecology expects to issue final funding lists in June 2010. Funding agreements should be completed in the July to December time frame. Currently, construction is anticipated to start in Spring 2011.

On December 1, 2009 the City of Puyallup submitted the 8th Ave NW LID Retrofit project to the State of Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) for funding from the Stormwater Retrofit and Low-Impact Development Grant Program (SWRLID). The City has already submitted a right-of-way permit, SEPA (environmental review), and a cultural resource assessment has been completed for this project.



Help plant the rain gardens!

Eleven rain gardens - totaling over 2,500 square feet and holding over 2,700 native plants - will be part of one HUGE community planting event scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 9am-2pm. View the event flier and share with friends as you invite them to join us for the event!

People are talking...
 ...about this demonstration GSI retrofit project. Listen to Ciscoe's 11/24/2012 radio show as David Hymel talks with Ciscoe about the project. David, owner of Rain Dog Designs LLC, designed the rain gardens for the project, as well as the original 2009 rain garden installation on this block.
What is this project about?

In August of 2009 the City joined the efforts of Stewardship Partners to install seven rain gardens on 8th Avenue NW. An enthusiastic neighborhood (and good draining soils) made this block a great potential site for a demonstration Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) project. Embracing the ideaology of  low impact development practices, this project manages all stormwater on-site.

In 2009 the City of Puyallup was awarded a competitive grant from Washington Department of Ecology to fund the transformation of the 8th Avenue NW block. Gone will be puddles that last long after the rain, safer will be the street as traffic is calmed by the meandering design of the roadway, and beautified will be the entire block with the addition of rain gardens lining the roadway.

The project included porous asphalt roadway, permeable paver and pervious concrete sidewalks, and rain gardens in the public right-of-way. The road and sidewalk were designed to infiltrate 100% of the rainfall on the site. Creating a complete belt-and-suspenders system, the roadside rain gardens capture any excess stormwater runoff from the street, sidewalks, and driveways in the event of a significant rain event as an alternative for overflow.

View  project photographs that detail the construction phase as well as before and after photos to see the transformation.