LOWMAN BEACH: Nighttime work ahead

(December photo, by Mike Munson)

Three and a half months after work to remove the crumbling Lowman Beach Park seawall began, Seattle Parks says night work is ahead so the project can stay on schedule. Here’s the announcement:

Seattle Parks and Recreation and McClung Construction have reached a milestone with the Lowman Beach Park seawall and beach restoration project. Two main components of this project are complete: demolition of the existing failed concrete seawall, as well as drilling and installation of the steel piles that provide structural support for the new seawall.

The next critical phase of work involves installation of the new precast concrete seawall. This work will occur between January 11 – 24, 2022 and must be performed at night to take advantage of the low tides. The installation of the precast concrete seawall must occur before February 15 when the in-water work window that protects fish and shellfish habitats closes. The time limitation for work is a requirement of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the workable low tides in January and February occur outside normal working hours.

Two night work windows at low tides will occur for:

-Preparing for the permanent installation of new seawall segments which will require up to four nights of work, however, could possibly be completed in one or two nights.

-Installing the precast wall panels, which is expected to take another three to four work nights.

Our Temporary Noise Variance Permit is currently approved for work between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and must be completed by Monday, January 24 at 7 a.m. Although the permit allows for 14 nights of work, we expect to work a maximum of eight nighttime shifts.

McClung Construction will do what is feasible to minimize noise levels as much as possible.

Thank you to the neighbors for their patience and cooperation during the Lowman Beach Park seawall and beach restoration project.

Project background is here.

4 Replies to "LOWMAN BEACH: Nighttime work ahead"

  • Kristina January 4, 2022 (7:04 pm)

    Why did I think they were restoring the shoreline without a sea wall? Was that the plan at some point? I’m disappointed – I would have preferred a natural shoreline. But it’s still my favorite park and I can’t wait for next summer’s picnics, paddle boarding adventures, and time lounging and reading there.

    • WSB January 4, 2022 (7:51 pm)

      The new seawall is a short segment at the far north end – described on the website, “This return segment of new seawall will protect the neighbor’s seawall to the north while rest of the site is designed to mimic a natural backshore.” You can see it in the design deck here, page 9, lower left.

  • John Lacon' January 5, 2022 (8:44 am)

    I was told the beach was going to be converted into a residential park similar to The Cove in Normandy Park. 

    • WSB January 5, 2022 (1:09 pm)

      If someone really told you that, they were either joking or badly misinformed. This is a city park and will continue to be a city park. The seawall and tennis court removal will restore most of the north-side shore and daylight the Pelly Creek end. That’s all that’s changing. – TR

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