The House and Senate have agreed on a transportation budget that includes funding for two projects in Snohomish County to improve safety and spur future economic development. The state Department of Transportation will receive $500,000 for the planning stage of a major overhaul of the SR-9 and SR-204 intersection, a major bottleneck.
Another $200,000 will be allocated for a traffic light at the intersection of 132nd and 39th near Archbishop Murphy High School to improve safety.
“These projects are about moving our region forward in terms of safety and economic development,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens. “I made it clear to my colleagues in the Legislature that we need to get started on these improvements this year.”
A coalition of Snohomish County constituents, elected officials, community leaders and Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, also asked transportation budget writers to provide the funding.
“These two projects will not only create jobs, they will help us prepare for future growth,” said Hobbs. “This is yet another sign that the state recognizes how important Snohomish County is to the health of our state’s economy.”
Projects already approved last year, the SR-9/Snohomish River Bridge and SR-9 route development projects will continue to be fully funded.