Construction on 35th will be tolerable, but dusty

Aug 02, 2018

The 35th Ave. SE project is finally underway. It’s going to be inconvenient, noisy and dusty for the next several months. But, after that, the flooding problems will hopefully be fixed.

 

Councilmember Mark Bond told me the traffic driving through the neighborhoods has become more tolerable. Mark lives in Highland Trails. Interim City Manager Bob Stowe continues to monitor the situation. I’m pleased with all the signage and increased patrols.

 

We did have one glitch. Despite the best city efforts to prevent it, the costs are going up another $1 million to pay for fish passage. We can do it now or completely tear up the road again in three years. The council has decided to move forward now to avoid additional inconvenience a second time for residents.

 

I’d like to give a big thank you to State Sen. Steve Hobbs. From his key position on the Senate Transportation Committee, he helped Mill Creek secure $5.25 million in funding for the 35th Ave project. Steve is already working with us on additional funding to help pay for the fish passage costs.

 

Rep. Mark Harmsworth is also working with the City to secure more funding. He has been helpful not only with funding for 35th. Mark has also supported other grants for Mill Creek.

 

Rep. John Lovick has also been supportive of funding for 35th.

 

Without the support from our hard working legislators, Mill Creek taxpayers would have had to pay the entire cost of this regional road project. Thank you to Senator Hobbs, Representatives. Mark Harmsworth and John Lovick.

 

Growing pains

 

I’m getting emails about new development in Mill Creek and how it affects our quality of life.

 

Life is definitely changing around Mill Creek. Most of the changes and traffic impacts are coming from areas outside the City limits. The city council does not control that.

Over 10,000 new people are moving into Snohomish County each year. Thousands of those people want to live in the south end of the county and that affects traffic in and around Mill Creek.

A couple of positive changes are coming. The Swift Green line will allow more drivers to take the bus instead of driving.  It will run from Canyon Park to Boeing.  Buses will run every 10 minutes on the route.

 

Adaptive Light Signals are also coming. Those are sensors that will control traffic lights to allow traffic to flow more smoothly.  The sensors will be installed on the Swift Green Line first and then 164th the following year.  Mill Creek is a participant in that program to help traffic flow more smoothly through our city and the surrounding area.

The council has not yet seen or discussed any development called "The Farm located east of 35th along 132nd. Information is available on the city's web site. No action has been scheduled or even initiated by the Council.

 

More information about “The Farm” is available at the City website. You can also sign up to receive notifications as the process moves forward. I encourage you to do so.

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