How safe is the block wall located at Rt. 9 & 240th St. SE.?

How safe is the block wall located at Rt. 9 & 240th St. SE.? I don’t know but I'd like to hear professional assurance that it isn’t about to tumble down.

Recently there’s been several mudslides over the concrete block wall located at Route 9 and 240th St. SE. There was sufficient mudflow to go down the slope (in three places), to fill-in a gully and then go over the railroad tracks.

People living in the Wellington Hills area often joke about the block wall, calling it “The Great Wall Of Woodinville” while also speculating on when will “The Great Wall” collapse due to its bowing sides and the amount of fill dirt behind it?

How safe is “The Great Wall of Woodinville?” I don’t know but I would like to hear professional assurance that it isn’t about to tumble down.

Snohomish County expects 90% of the traffic going to their proposed Wellington Hills Sports Complex to enter from Route 9 and 240th St. SE. (across from Costco).

We’ve been told traffic on 240th has increased ten-fold since Costco was built.  Pre-Costco, there were about 300 cars a day using 240th and after Costco was built, traffic increased to 3000 cars a day.

The increase in traffic for the sports complex hasn't been stated, but, this is a busy intersection, and I ask, “How safe is it to drive by or be stuck in traffic next to the “The Great Wall of Woodinville?”

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Heidi N. Falk January 04, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Exactly! Don't put a sports complex that should be in an industrial area, smack dab in a residential neighborhood. Can you imagine the heavy machinery and trucks going up and down that road what the impact could possibly be on the "wall"? Maybe it will fall over on some of the Snohomish Parks & Recreation officials as they get ready to ruin our beautiful neighborhood!
Bill Stankus January 04, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Heidi, the County proposes to add a third lane on 240th at Rt. 9. I've asked, where will it be, on the used car lot side or the block wall side? I haven't gotten a decisive response. I guess it's still being studied.
Bill W. January 05, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Obviously it's not safe, otherwise the sidewalk next to it would not be blocked off.
Bill Stankus January 05, 2013 at 07:03 PM
If it's "obviously" unsafe to use the sidewalk ... if and when the wall does slump, I don't think the barriers will stop either the blocks or mud from breaching the barrier and flowing onto the heavy-use road.


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