Improvements to 35th Ave. SE next up on the county work schedule

Apr 21, 2017

Roadwork to eliminate flooding on 35th Avenue SE will begin after county crews finish long-awaited improvements to adjacent Seattle Hill Road.

Commuters were cautioned that the improvement project on Seattle Hill Road would divert more traffic onto the highly-traveled city street while flaggers limit traffic on Seattle Hill Road to one lane. The intermittent closures are expected to last until the project is completed in 2018.

The delays, according to the county, could last up to 20 minutes. A number of full-road closures will be required the summer of 2017.

Construction on Seattle Hill Road began on April 10 between 132nd Street SE and 35th Avenue SE to widen the roadway to three lanes including a center turn lane and add bike lanes, curbs and sidewalks to both sides of the road.

Widening this two-mile stretch of Seattle Hill Road is estimated to cost $13.5 million and is scheduled to be complete in 2018.

The estimated cost for the 35th Ave SE portion of the project is $9.2 million. A $4 million Federal Surface Transportation grant and a $4 million Washington State Transportation Improvement Board grant is expected to fund most of the project. The Mill Creek City Council agreed to contribute $200,000 to the project, leaving the $1.1 million balance to Snohomish County.

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