Downtown repairs close Everett streets

  • Mon Nov 1st, 2010 7:05pm
  • News

By Debra Smith Herald Writer

EVERETT — Driving on some of the streets around the Everett Public Library is going to be hairy until at least January.

The city started work on a project to rehab a portion of Hoyt Avenue from Wall Street to Everett Avenue.

Eventually, there should be new bike lanes, mid-block crossings, decorative lighting, new trees and landscaping, and new sidewalks.

The work is part of larger improvements planned throughout Everett’s downtown core, said city engineer Ryan Sass.

Workers already have torn up streets and are busy replacing century-old clay sewer lines on Hoyt Avenue. New and larger water mains are planned for Hoyt, too.

The sewer line on California Street also is being replaced from Hoyt to a connection on Grand Avenue. This section of pipe and its manholes are in poor condition, Sass said.

Most of the work should be wrapped up by January. Some final work, such as striping, may need to completed in the spring.

The city hired KLB Construction of Mukilteo to do the work. The project is expected to cost around $3.74 million. Most of that comes from a city fund dedicated for street improvements. The utility work is paid for by utility rate payers.

The project initially was supposed to include Rucker Avenue from Pacific to Everett avenues. The city decided to hold off until more money is available, Sass said.

Debra Smith: 425-339-3197; dsmith@heraldnet.com.