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Posted on: July 18, 2017

Transportation Budget Includes $4.75 Million for 35th Avenue SE Reconstruction

The Washington State transportation budget for 2017-2019 includes $4.75 million for the reconstruction of 35th Avenue SE in Mill Creek. The project will be advertised later this year and construction will begin early next year

“We are grateful to the state for funding this project, and especially to Sen. Steve Hobbs for adding $750,000 to the funding package this spring,” said City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto. “This is a significant infrastructure project for Mill Creek and the surrounding communities, as this is a major roadway between Everett and southern Snohomish County.”

A three-lane minor arterial that carries approximately 15,000 vehicles per day, 35th Avenue SE was widened by Snohomish County in 2003 by using lightweight fill on top of a large peat deposit, and has been continually settling since annexation by the City in 2005. The City monitors more than 100 points along the roadway on a six-month basis. The rate of settlement has slowed, but portions of the road have settled by more than two feet in the past 14 years.

"Repairing 35th Avenue has long been a priority of mine because it is a priority for Mill Creek and our region as a whole,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs. “I drive this road regularly and I hear from others who do, too. There was an urgent need to fix this road and it's very satisfying to get this project and others throughout Snohomish County crossed off our transportation to do list."

The project will raise the road elevation up to four feet above the existing roadway elevation. It also includes installing a 24-inch culvert pipe above the existing Penny Creek culverts to increase water movement capacity under the road during large rainfall events.

In addition, the work includes treating storm water from the roadway, which currently flows directly into the adjacent wetland without any treatment. Water quality and the method of distribution into the surrounding wetlands will be improved. Fish and wildlife will benefit from the improved water quality resulting from storm water runoff treatment.

The total cost is estimated at approximately $5.5 million. The City is seeking alternative funding sources to supplement the State transportation funding package. The remaining funding will be provided through the City’s Real Estate Excise Tax Fund.

The project will be advertised for construction this fall. Reconstruction is projected to begin in early spring 2018 in order to coordinate with the planned Snohomish County project to widen 35th Avenue SE between Seattle Hill Road and 180th Street SE since both projects will be under construction at the same time. The City of Mill Creek’s 35th Avenue SE construction project will take approximately eight months to complete.
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