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Contractor hits unmarked gas line at Kirkland Pump Station; no injuries
No injuries or property damage were reported after a contractor on King County’s Kirkland Pump Station project hit an unmarked gas line while installing an underground storm water line on Park Lane.
The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. First responders secured the area and Puget Sound Energy was called to shut off the gas and dispatch repair crews.
King County will work with the utility to investigate the incident.
King County began construction on the $20 million pump station project in 2011 to ensure safe, reliable wastewater operations for the city of Kirkland’s growing population.
The new, larger capacity pump station will comply with current seismic codes, operate more quietly and efficiently, and employ state-of-the-art odor control. It is expected that the pump station will be completed and Park Lane will reopen in spring 2014.
The Kirkland Pump Station has been serving the Kirkland community for more than 40 years, collecting wastewater and conveying it to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.
More information about King County’s Kirkland Pump Station project is available at www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/East/Kirkland.aspx.