Jonathan Townsend paddles to the shore towing Kimberly Kaminski on a July 2017 afternoon at Silver Lake in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jonathan Townsend paddles to the shore towing Kimberly Kaminski on a July 2017 afternoon at Silver Lake in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A sidewalk to Silver Lake is low on the to-do list

But other higher-need safety projects take priority.

Reader’s wish list: A sidewalk to the lake

Marcia Ray Liaw, of Everett, has lived off 116th Street near Silver Lake for over 18 years. This is a busy road, connecting 19th Avenue SE (Highway 527) and 35th Avenue SE. She wishes there were a safer and easier way for people who live in the area to walk to Silver Lake.

“There are no sidewalks, and in some areas the shoulder is narrow,” Liaw wrote. “Is the city or county ever going to improve that road?”

Both folks I talked to — with Snohomish County (which has jurisdiction over the east end of the roadway) and the city of Everett (west end of the roadway) — say they are aware of a desire for sidewalks, but none are in the works. Other higher-need safety projects take priority.

That said, the city in general is keeping an eye out for grants to help improve 116th Street — it has the street listed in its long-term plans for transportation-related improvements. No grant money is in sight yet.

Sidewalks also can be installed through agreements with developers, added Kathleen Baxter, a spokeswoman for Everett’s public works department.

“Most new sidewalks constructed within the city are as a result of conditions on development,” she said. “A segment of recently constructed sidewalk along the south side of 116th Street SE in the 2200 block is an example.”

Have a question or topic for Street Smarts? Email

Talk to us

More in Local News

Mt. Baker visible from the summit of Mt. Dickerman on a late summer day in 2017. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
Hornets pester hikers on popular Mountain Loop trails

“You cannot out run the stings,” one hiker wrote in a trip report. The Forest Service has posted alerts at two trailheads.

A view of a 6 parcel, 4.4 acre piece of land in Edmonds, south of Edmonds-Woodway High School on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Housing authority seeks more property in Edmonds

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County doesn’t have specific plans for land near 80th Avenue West, if its offer is accepted.

Nursing Administration Supervisor Susan Williams points at a list of current COVID patients at Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dozens of Providence patients in medical limbo for months, even years

About 100 people are stuck in Everett hospital beds without an urgent medical reason. New laws aim for a solution.

Emergency responders surround an ultralight airplane that crashed Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Washington, resulting in the pilot's death. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pilot dead in ultralight plane crash at Arlington Municipal Airport

There were no other injuries or fatalities reported, a city spokesperson said.

Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
County Council delays vote on requiring businesses to take cash

Concerns over information and enforcement postponed the council’s scheduled vote on the ordinance Wednesday in Snohomish County.

A girl walks her dog along a path lined with dandelions at Willis D. Tucker Community Park on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Spraying in Willis Tucker Park resurfaces debate over herbicides

Park staff treated about 11,000 square feet with glyphosate and 2,4-D. When applied correctly, staff said they aren’t harmful.

One of Snohomish County PUD’s new smart readers is installed at a single family home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
PUD program seeks to make energy grid smarter for 380K customers

The public utility’s ConnectUp program will update 380,000 electric meters and 23,000 water meters in the next few years.

An example of the Malicious Women Co. products (left) vs. the Malicious Mermaid's products (right). (U.S. District Court in Florida)
Judge: Cheeky candle copycat must pay Snohomish company over $800K

The owner of the Malicious Women Co. doesn’t expect to receive any money from the Malicious Mermaid, a Florida-based copycat.

A grave marker for Blaze the horse. (Photo provided)
After Darrington woman’s horse died, she didn’t know what to do

Sidney Montooth boarded her horse Blaze. When he died, she was “a wreck” — and at a loss as to what to do with his remains.

Most Read