Mercer Island Verizon cell tower project moves forward

The project to place a Verizon cell tower near Island Crest Park is continuing to move forward, according to the City of Mercer Island.

The Verizon project manager is working with the city on final details before final permitting for the project.

While putting in an underground vault for the tower, Verizon discovered ground water was collecting near the vault, requiring a dewatering system to be put in in order to protect the electronic equipment which would be housed in the vault. Verizon opted to make the improvements now, instead of redoing the landscaping around the project later on.

Once the city receives the dewatering plan for review permits should be issued by April 15. Construction of the system and completion of the landscape restoration should be completed by the end of May.

To learn more, contact Parks Superintendent Jason Kintner at

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