By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
June 18, 2017, update.
The Bothell-Everett Highway restriping project has been postponed due to the rain. The new date has not yet been determined.
Original June 14, 2017, article.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin the first of several Mill Creek pedestrian safety projects on Bothell-Everett Highway (SR 527) on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Although there is no crosswalk at Seattle Hill Road and Bothell-Everett Highway, pedestrians often cross the road there.
18-year-old Parker Lang was killed by a car when he tried to cross the Bothell-Everett Highway at this location during an early evening rainstorm on March 17, 2016.
There is no sidewalk on either side of Bothell-Everett Highway from Seattle Hill Road to just past Li'l Sprout Nursery, which makes it very dangerous for pedestrians who have to walk on the road’s shoulder.
In September 2016 22-year-old Quincy P. Tigner was killed by a northbound car that strayed out of the right lane and hit him while he was walking southbound on the road’s shoulder.
Washington State legislators Mark Harmsworth and Steve Hobbs secured $800,000 in the 2017-2019 Transportation Budget for “The Parker & Quincy Memorial Pathway” in April 2017
Although $800,000 won’t cover the cost for all necessary pedestrian safety improvements, Harmsworth believes it will pay for the Seattle Hill Road crosswalk and stoplight. He hopes this project will be done by the end of 2017.
The first Bothell-Everett Highway pedestrian safety project will widen the road’s shoulders by restriping the road from 15th Avenue SE to 173rd Street SE.
According to Mill Creek Director of Communications and Marketing Joni Kirk, “This work will eliminate the center turn lane, narrowing it to a double median just south of the northern driveway into Li’l Sprout Nursery.”
“The Lil’ Sprout Nursery will have a two-direction center turn lane for left turns at their northern driveway. The southern driveway out of the business will become a right turn only onto southbound SR 527.”
The center turn lane in this area will be closed to traffic from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 18th.
Work crews will begin setting up the work zone at 3:00 am on Sunday morning.
Northbound Bothell-Everett Highway traffic will be affected as follows:
- The right northbound lane will be closed to traffic from 4:00 am to about 8:00 am.
- The left northbound lane is scheduled to be closed to traffic from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
- Both lanes should re-open for traffic at 12:00 noon.
According Harmsworth another Washington State Department of Transportation project will add raised pavement markers near the outside edge lanes on both sides of Bothell-Everett Highway. This will alert drivers if they stray onto the shoulder away from travel lanes.
He said that this project has been budgeted for a while to improve bicycle safety between Bothell and Everett and should be completed this year.