It’s officially known as 212th Avenue Southeast, but the section that twists and turns down to East Lake Sammamish Parkway is more commonly referred to as Snake Hill Road. And that’s the section that will be closed for its annual maintenance regimen on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21. The road will be closed from Southeast 35th Street to the Parkway between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on both days.
During the closure, the city will be sealing cracks in the roadway, clearing drainage structures, and cleaning ditches and shoulders. Informational signs will go up before the closure dates to alert drivers, and detour signs will be put in place when the work begins.
The maintenance is necessary to keep the important corridor safe until the city begins a major rehabilitation project this summer.
“This road, as it exists today, requires way too much maintenance,” Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard said. “The rehabilitation project later this year is going to stabilize and improve the roadway so we can keep it open year around and don’t have to deal with chronic, short-term fixes.”
The city has already approved a $448,000 design contract with Gray and Osborne for the rehabilitation project. Including design expenses, the estimated cost of the project is $9 million. On a typical weekday, 5,000 vehicles use Snake Hill Road.