City of Sammamish's Public Works Team Receives Two National Awards

Release Date: March 28, 2022
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Congratulations to the City's Public Works Team for these two great accomplishments:


Ebright Creek Fish Passage Project Receives Award from American Society of Civil Engineers

The Ebright Creek Fish Passage has won an award for Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Part of the evaluation criteria for the award included the project’s contribution to public welfare and safety, and compatibility with the environment and sustainability. The Ebright Creek Fish Passage removed a barrier to allow fish, especially the native Lake Sammamish Kokanee salmon, to swim upstream through a fully fish passable box culvert.

The Ebright Creek Fish Passage project featured creative design approaches, including:

  • A steel casing penetrates the culvert walls to protect an existing sewer line
  • Engineered meander bars and stream boulders within the culvert itself
  • Collaboration with King County for the project to be compatible with their upcoming adjacent culvert replacement
  • The project concept, feasibility, and design were developed by identifying the key metrics by which project success would be measured, including minimizing impacts to the environment and private property, providing benefits to the stream channel and wetland habitat, and minimizing utility conflicts


Issaquah Fall City Road Project Receives Honor Award in ACEC 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition

The Issaquah Fall City Road Project, 242nd Avenue to Klahanie Drive, has been selected to receive an Honor Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition— the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry.”

The Honor Award is a prestigious distinction for exceptional engineering achievement. This project was selected in the transportation category and was judged on several qualities including unique or innovative engineering solutions, future value to the public, complexity, and social, economic, and sustainable development considerations.

What makes the Issaquah Fall City Road Project stand out?

The Issaquah Fall City Road is a stand-out project for its technical decision-making process to construct a bridge versus box culvert across North Fork Issaquah Creek, which opened a wildlife and fish migration corridor and improved corridor safety by eliminating steep road grades sets this project apart from others. Roundabouts were used strategically to both improve safety and traffic flow and to reduce road width by eliminating the need for two-way left-turn pockets. A Hybrid Pedestrian Beacon, a first in Sammamish, improves crossing safety at Pacific Cascade Elementary School.