Project will disrupt traffic near Lynnwood

A busy street — one that seems like it’s in Lynnwood but really isn’t — is in for an upgrade.

Crews working for Snohomish County plan to begin work today to widen 52nd Avenue W. from 148th Street SW to the Lynnwood city limit just north of 168th Street SW.

The street is part of the main north-south route for traffic between Mukilteo and Lynnwood west of Highway 99.

When the $3.1 million project is done, the two-lane road will have a new a center-turn lane, along with bike lanes, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Traffic will be disrupted during the work. Long-term, round-the-clock lane closures are planned.

The road will be restricted to local northbound traffic only from July 8 to October. Local detours will be posted, and nearby residents will still have access to homes and businesses.

Snohomish County awarded the construction contract to Interwest Construction of Bellingham in May. Crews expect to work during daylight hours Monday through Friday.

For more information, including photos and project updates, contact Tina Hokanson at 425-388-3789 or tina.hokanson@snoco.org. Online, go to [URL]www.snoco.org;www.snoco.org/[URL] and search for “52nd Ave W.”

County engineer honored

Snohomish County’s chief engineer, Owen Carter, was recently named County Engineer of the Year by the [/URL]Washington State Association of County Engineers;http://www.wsace.org/.

Carter — a frequent contributor to Street Smarts — was honored Wednesday night at the organization’s annual conference and banquet.

Carter, who also serves as deputy director of Snohomish County’s public works department, oversees road maintenance; transportation and environmental services, and engineering services. All three of these divisions also provide support to at least 15 other cities and agencies within the county.

The award is given to an outstanding engineer each year and takes into consideration management skills, public relations, engineering expertise, community activities, association activity and other outreach, according to the county.

“As county engineer, Owen Carter’s job is to improve people’s quality of life and increase their public safety,” County Executive John Lovick said. “Without a doubt, he does that here at Snohomish County and within the community. I’m really pleased to see him honored.”

Carter also is responsible for Snohomish County’s snow, ice and flood preparation and response. He has offered his time and expertise in the Dominican Republic, providing project management and engineering advice to improve sanitation in local villages, according to the county.

“Owen has my greatest respect for his ever-present professionalism,” County Councilman John Koster said. Koster nominated Carter through his affiliation with the Washington State Association of Counties. “Constituents tell me time and again how responsive he is when they call with a question or need.”

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