Gateway I Project

Gateway I Stormwater Retrofit Project


The City Stormwater Utility received approximately $2.7 million through the Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Grant Program, to design and construct a stormwater treatment system and bicycle and pedestrian improvements along University Way. The project is about one mile in length, from Wenas Street to the Red Horse Diner. The project will construct rock lined swales behind the existing curb on both sides of the roadway. Surface water runoff will pass through new curb cuts into the swales, resulting in improved water quality in Mercer, Whiskey and Wilson Creeks. The swales will be lined with trees, which will improve air quality and create an attractive appearance along this gateway into the City of Ellensburg. The project will also construct two new bus pullouts near the Fish and Wildlife building, and provide recreational opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists.   

Project Area

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Existing Conditions

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Proposed Concept

Gateway 1 Proposed Concept

Project Impacts and Feedback

Some driveway entrances within the project area will be modified and residents and businesses will experience some disruptions during construction. We also know that residents and business owners may be aware of conditions and information that would be helpful to the City as construction progresses. Information can be shared via the survey link below.

Please continue to visit this page for project updates.

For more information, contact:
Jon Morrow
Stormwater Utility Manager