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Fauntleroy Creek Culvert Replacement

Project Information at a glance


Seattle Public Utilities has determined that two culverts beneath 45th Ave SW and also beneath California Ave SW and the Fauntleroy Church parking lot are in need of replacement.

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Three culverts convey Fauntleroy Creek flow from headwaters in Fauntleroy Park to Fauntleroy Cove in central Puget Sound. The city replaced the culvert under Fauntleroy Way SW in 1998 and it is not part of this project.

One of the remaining two culverts is under 45th Avenue SW and is solely owned by the City of Seattle. The other is under California Avenue SW and the Fauntleroy Church parking lot. The city owns the portion of this culvert under the street, plus about one third of the culvert under the parking lot; the church owns the rest.

Seattle Public Utilities has assessed these two culverts as being in need of replacement. Both are nearing the end of their useful life and both are barriers to coho salmon spawners’ being able to reach habitat in the upper creek. In 2017, SPU began planning replacements that would reduce the risk of culvert failure, mitigate storm-related flooding, and restore spawner passage.

SPU’s project team has been working closely with Fauntleroy Church throughout the planning process and periodically updates the FCA Board and the Fauntleroy Watershed Council. The team has employed open-house and information-table formats to engage the wider community and keeps residents regularly informed through articles in FCA’s quarterly Neighbors newsletter.

Fauntleroy Creek Culvert Replacement Online Open House

posted: 30 Mar 2019

If you missed the open house there is still an opportunity to have your voice heard regarding the Fauntleroy Creek Culvert Replacement Project.

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Fauntleroy Creek Culvert Replacement Project Open House

posted: 19 Mar 2019

Open House

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Please stop by anytime!) The Hall at Fauntleroy 9131 California Avenue S.W., Seattle, WA 98136

Drop by the Open House to:

  • Learn about why SPU is doing this project
  • Chat one-on-one with project team members
  • Share your feedback and ideas

If you can’t make the open house, the meeting materials will be posted on the project website following the event. In addition, we will continue to engage you and your neighbors throughout project planning and design.

Project Overview

SPU is evaluating options for replacing the Fauntleroy Creek culverts under 45th Avenue S.W. and California Avenue S.W., which are in poor structural condition and in need of replacement. You can learn more about the project online at https://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Projects/FauntleroyCreekCulvertsReplacement/.


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Seattle WA 98146-6343
email: contact@fauntleroy.net