A stretch of 66th Street Ave. W will be strengthened and pedestrian safety will be improved. (City of Mountlake Terrace)

66th Avenue project to reroute traffic in Mountlake Terrace

Supply chain issues and weather delayed work on the $3.6 million project. A northbound lane will close for “the next month or two.”

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Plans for 66th Ave W improvements are moving forward in Mountlake Terrace after weather and supply chain issues delayed the project.

Northbound 66th Ave W will be closed for “the next month or two” from 220th St SW to 216th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace spokesperson Rikki Fruichantie wrote in an email.

The Interurban Trail will get a center island and flashing lights that pedestrians can activate to alert drivers on 66th Avenue. Traffic signals will also be upgraded, the release said. The current intersection of the Interurban Trail and 66th Ave. forces those trying to cross to wait for a break in traffic.

Other work includes repaving and “strengthening” to better accommodate heavy trucks that use the route to get to Snohomish County’s Southwest Recycling & Transfer Station. Work includes: replacement of the road surface, curb ramps adhering to accessibility guidelines and new bike lanes.

On the southbound side of the road, a new “truck climbing” lane is in the works. The city’s project page notes large trucks have issues climbing a hill in the area while approaching the 30 mph speed limit.

Photos on the same page show cracked pavement and sidewalks.

The project is part of a $3.6 million city project dating back to 2022.

Construction is expected to begin Monday. Those frequenting the area, near the Mountlake Terrace-Lynnwood boundary line, should be prepared for detours. Work crews plan to manage driveway access for businesses and residents.

The project is being funded by a combination of local, county and state dollars. Improvements are expected to benefit drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

“66th is part of the city’s planned bicycle network,” said Jesse Hoffman, Mountlake Terrace’s public works director, in a press release. “We know we need better connections between office parks, industrial areas and neighborhoods, especially with the nearby Interurban Trail.”

Jordan Hansen: 425-339-3046; jordan.hansen@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @jordyhansen.

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