After decades of talk, Harbour Pointe road takes shape

The Mukilteo project has been talked about for decades. It could be built by 2019.

MUKILTEO — Plans for building a new road to connect Harbour Pointe Boulevard SW with Beverly Park Road date back to the 1990s.

The first study of the proposal took place in 2005.

Now, with $15.1 million pledged from the state, final plans for the project are under way. The new road would be about seven-tenths of a mile long. The two-lane roadway would have bike lanes and sidewalks. It’s expected to be used by about 5,000 cars a day.

“It provides a great connection for residents who live in the south end of Mukilteo to some of the amenities of Harbour Pointe without having to go on Highway 525,” said Andrea Swisstack, assistant city engineer.

An open house to update plans for the proposal, known as the Harbour Reach Corridor, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mukilteo City Hall.

The city would like to hear from the public on details such as what kind of light fixtures they would like to have along the route public and their preferences on handrails and benches.

And if more money is available if they’d like to have some art projects along the corridor or a wildlife overlook.

The roadway’s design is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.

Since the road will cross three streams, the project must receive permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Whether we go to construction in 2018 or early 2019 will depend on how quickly we can get permits,” Swisstack said.

The city used about $1 million in traffic impact mitigation fees to help pay for the road’s initial design.

“This project has been a long time coming,” Swisstack said.

For so many people, it just seemed like a project so far in the future, she said.

“It’s kind of a rare opportunity. It’s not everyday you get to build a new road in the city,” she said.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or salyer@heraldnet.com.

Open house

An open house on the Harbour Reach road project is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way. Email comments may be sent to: hrcp@mukilteowa.gov

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