Reducing the Smell: North Bend Improving Wastewater Treatment Plant

Have you’ve ever driven along SR 202 and as you approach the bend in the road near downtown North Bend wondered, “What’s that smell?”

This week, the City of North Bend began infrastructure improvement work aimed at improving and reducing that question provoking smell intermittently released from its wastewater treatment plant located on the banks of the Snoqualmie River by SR 202.

The City of North Bend announced yesterday that it  has contracted with Pacific Crest Construction of Lynnwood, WA for three emergency improvement projects at its Wastewater Treatment Plant.

These three projects, when combined, are expected to  increase the plant’s treatment capacity and redundancy; increase the plant’s efficiency and decrease the odor caused by the wastewater treatment process.

According to a city press release, construction of the $1.17 million improvements began Monday, September 29, 2014, and the majority of the work should be complete by March 31, 2015.

The city says traffic delays on SR 202 should be minimal during construction, only occurring when materials and equipment are delivered.

Nearby properties may notice some additional noise during daytime work hours. Some project night work is also expected so construction can happen when treatment plant flows are reduced. Construction crews will try to keep noise at a minimum during thee project nighttime hours.

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