City staff plan to host the ground-breaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday at 156th Street NE and Smokey Point Boulevard. The project will link Twin Lakes Avenue on the west side of I-5 with Smokey Point Boulevard on the east side of the freeway.
The overpass will also serve as a second access point for the 476,000-square-foot shopping area that is accessible from 27th Avenue NE and 172nd Street.
"This is probably the one big-bang road project we'll have this year," said Doug Buell, a spokesman for the city. Construction is expected to last one year.
The project is also significant because it is funded by a local improvement district, Buell said. Property owners in a local improvement district covering about a 2½-square-mile area on both sides of I-5 are expected to fund half of the overpass project through assessments. The city expects to fund the other half of the project.
The Marysville City Council in June approved a construction bid of about $9.79 million by Renton-based Guy F. Atkinson Construction.
Two stakeholder committees in 2006 began discussing ways to fix congestion problems in the area and endorsed the overpass at 156th Street NE, Buell said.
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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