By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Construction for another major road project affecting traffic on 35th Avenue SE will begin on Monday, June 4, 2018. This is not related to the City of Mill Creek’s 35th Avenue SE Reconstruction Project, which should also begin this summer.
Snohomish County Public Works anticipates that two lanes of 35th Avenue SE will be open most of the time during construction, but single-lane closures may be possible on some weekdays. There will be a few full-road closures, which will only take place on weekends.
Over the next two years 35th Avenue SE between Seattle Hill Road and 180th Street SE will be widened to accommodate a continuous center turn lane and bike lanes. As well, the project includes sidewalks and landscaped planter strips along both sides of the road, and improved stormwater treatment.
In addition, a traffic light will be installed at the intersection of 156th Street SE and 35th Avenue SE as part of this project.
Snohomish County plans a future road improvement project on 156th Street SE from 35th Avenue SE to Forest View Elementary School and Gateway Middle School.
This first phase of the 35th Avenue SE Improvement project is estimated to cost $9 million. Since Snohomish County acquired $7.1 million in state and federal grants, only $1.9 million will come from local funds.
Phase two of the project will include similar road improvements on 35th Avenue SE between 180th Street SE and Maltby Road (State Route 524). Construction for this project is tentatively scheduled for 2020 to 2021.
35th Avenue SE will be widened to accommodate a continuous center turn lane. Image courtesy of Snohomish County.