New options for SR 9/SR 204 intersection coming as spring approaches

By Samantha DeMars-Hanson 

Who else is fed up with all this snow? While we’re nonetheless seeing flakes fall in a few areas, the fresh sunshine and blue skies makes us keen for spring and the renewed feel of possibility that comes with colourful flowers and less layers. For the Lake Stevens community, spring brings new opportunities to supply enter on a brand new SR 9/SR 204 intersection design. You would possibly be thinking: didn’t we already finalize the intersection design? And the reply is, convinced – but we had a few price range challenges to address.
An upcoming open house will be a great chance to hear about
 the future of the SR 9/SR 204 intersection in Lake Stevens.

Sowing seeds
In summer time 2017, the SR 9/SR 204 Intersection Improvements undertaking Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens network reached consensus on a grade-separated intersection design. This layout required digging 30 ft into the flooring to permit unfastened circulation of SR 9 traffic, with out stoplights, beneath SR 204.



Building on network consensus, the undertaking workforce moved into the layout a component of the project. They conducted undertaking enviornment surveying that blanketed watching underground at utilities and groundwater levels. The groundwater degree became out to be simply nine ft beneath the surface. This intended that the cost, materials, and general feasibility of the undertaking wanted evaluation as well.



The undertaking workforce transformed the brand new conditions into the undertaking layout and found that the grade-separated selection was too costly. Even although the undertaking workforce blanketed a few expense dangers into the preliminary plan process, the up to date conditions surpassed these calculated risks. The undertaking workforce went to work searching for new answers that might higher fit the finances constraints whereas also addressing the wants of the community.



Spring into action

Want to read extra in regards to the up to date plans? You are invited to our upcoming open dwelling to offer comments to the undertaking workforce on the brand new design. The open dwelling will happen from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Hillcrest Elementary School in Lake Stevens. A quick undertaking presentation will happen at 6:15 p.m. and back at 7:15 p.m. Learn in regards to the project’s progress, the brand new intersection design, and what to anticipate as we transfer forward.



Here comes the sun

Once we gather and evaluation network comments from this open dwelling the undertaking workforce will meet with the Stakeholder Advisory Group. The advisory group will evaluation the comments and offer further advice to us on the brand new design. Then the undertaking workforce will commence last layout work forward of construction.



This spring, we’ll desire for a lot of sunny days as we bounce construction so as to feature a lane on southbound SR 9, south of Market Place Northeast. This construction is a small facet of the general project.



Background

Funded by means of means of the 2015 Connecting Washington funding package, we sought sensible answers to enhance congestion on the SR 9/SR 204 intersection. Since 2016, the SR 9/SR 204 Intersection Improvements undertaking Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens network supplied enter and advice on layout thoughts aimed toward creating higher connections for all roadway customers of this intersection, adding pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and drivers.

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