Roundabout coming to Highway 9 intersection

The Marysville-area highway project is one of several in line for federal funding.

A couple years ago, a Street Smarts reader reached out about safety concerns at Highway 9 and 108th Street NE near Marysville.

“It is really hard to enter a 55 mph highway from a complete stop and pick up speed before the oncoming traffic catches up to you,” Julie Hanner wrote at the time.

Washington State Department of Transportation officials responded that they were evaluating ideas, but didn’t have money to do anything.

That money is now on its way.

A draft Washington State Transportation Improvement Program, dubbed the STIP, lists the intersection as one of its priority projects in line to receive federal funding. The total estimated project cost is $3.3 million, all of it coming from federal grants.

“The plan is to install a single-lane roundabout to reduce wait times and collisions at that intersection,” WSDOT spokeswoman Frances Fedoriska said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late spring 2018.

When told the latest news, Hanner said she’s “very pleased.”

“I am actually happy it’s going to be a roundabout rather than a traffic signal,” Hanner added. “I think they help traffic flow better and safer.”

About 16,000 drivers use this intersection daily, with up to 1,500 of them trying to turn from stop signs at 108th Street. From 2012 to November 2017, there were 28 collisions there, including 10 rear-end crashes and six happening at the stop signs.

Traffic volumes in the area are only expected to grow.

For more information, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR9/108thstimprove.

The public is able to review and comment on the draft 2018-2021 STIP through Wednesday.

The list identifies projects that are first in line for federal transportation dollars, based on input from a variety of groups, including local governments. They range from improved crosswalks to new bridges. In all, more than 1,400 statewide transportation improvement projects using $3.5 billion in federal funds are included in the plan.

A few other local projects on the list:

Lake Stevens: Install intersection improvements at 91st Avenue NE and Market Place (total project estimate $941,000)

Monroe: Design work to extend a pedestrian and bicycle path along Chain Lake Road, from the end of the existing path at Brown Road to city limits (total project estimate $3.2 million)

Snohomish: Design work to set the stage for intersection improvements at Bickford Avenue and Weaver Road, which will include a new traffic signal (total project estimate $1.1 million)

Just because a project is on the list does not mean improvements are imminent. Some are in the design phase, while others are ready to break ground. There are projects that have appeared on previous planning lists, and others that are new.

Both the Monroe and Snohomish projects are in the design phase. Construction of the Chain Lake Road path is not expected until 2020. Likewise, design work is expected to last into 2019 for the Bickford-Weaver intersection.

In Lake Stevens, plans have long called for a roundabout at 91st Avenue and Market Place, but the state’s plans to improve the interchange of Highway 9 and Highway 204 could bring different upgrades to ensure efficient traffic flow, Public Works Director Eric Durpos said.

Written comments about STIP projects can be sent to Nancy Huntley, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47390, Olympia, WA 98504-7390, or via email to Huntlen@wsdot.wa.gov, or by fax at 360-705-6822.

More information is at https://tinyurl.com/WaSTIP. You also can find an interactive map of most regional projects on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s website, at www.psrc.org.

Melissa Slager: streetsmarts@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3432.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Police: Threats preceded pursuit and crash off Everett cliff

A Monroe man allegedly threatened to kill a family member and to “shoot it out” with police.

Big new apartment complex anchors Broadway’s transformation

The seven-story, 140-unit Kinect @ Broadway is one of several facelifting projects in Everett’s core.

Everett Memorial Stadium to host COVID-19 test site again

The site provides capacity for 500 tests per day, the Snohomish Health District said.

Inslee says schools in virus hot spots should stay closed

That includes Snohomish County. But the he backs reopening elementaries in counties with low infection rates.

County’s Catholic schools will do distance learning this fall

The Archdiocese of Seattle will follow state guidelines and is planning for online teaching.

Pursuit ends in fiery collision with dump truck in Tulalip

The man was suspected of shoplifting. He allegedly fled from Marysville police in a stolen car.

Boy, 12, now says he made up kidnapping story near Everett

A man accused of grabbing the boy was still in jail Thursday. Authorities were working to release him.

Small hospitals weather the pandemic, but with heavy losses

Another economic shutdown could mean “difficult decisions” for EvergreenHealth Monroe and others.

Some waited months for jobless benefits, and some wait still

Not all 81,000 cases are resolved, but some people finally received thousands of dollars in back payments.

Most Read