House passes law to improve
safety on Highway 2
“In past years, we tackled the outer reaches of Highway 2,” Dunshee said, “the blind curves and stretches where it narrows down to two lanes, places where we saw a lot of head-on collisions. This new law is about finding solutions for the last piece, which is a different animal. There are separated lanes. It’s an entirely different problem.”
“This development plan would begin to address both traffic and safety issues from Snohomish to the Everett Naval Station. The hollow core pilings on the west bound trestle are in need of replacement. We don’t want another viaduct problem, and the way to avoid that is through careful planning of this corridor,” the author of the law, Mike Sells, D-Everett, said.
Traffic safety statistics show that three times as many people are maimed or killed in car accidents than at the hands of criminals. Dunshee said that in spite of the numbers, more time and money goes toward crime.
“Highway 2 is a safety problem partly because of bad design,” Dunshee said. “This law will put that design under the microscope and figure out solutions that will save lives.”