The SR 9/SR 204 intersection is a major chokepoint in the City and improvements are needed to relieve congestion and support future economic development in the community.
In 2010, through the efforts of Senator Hobbs, Representative Mike Hope, Mayor Vern Little and Councilmember/Chamber President Marcus Tageant, the State legislature provided funding for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to work with the City of Lake Stevens and community members to identify transportation improvements in the area around SR 9/SR 204.
This planning work is a critical first step towards advancing a project for consideration of future state and federal funding.
While WSDOT’s focus is on the State highways (SR 9 & SR 204), the City is working on a separate but related effort to develop a preliminary Lake Stevens Center Circulation plan (LSCC) that will identify internal circulation needs of the surrounding commercial sites to improve accesses and circulation, support current and future land use, and improve transit operations.
A focus of WSDOT and the City is to coordinate these two efforts to benefit both the pass-through trips and the surrounding commercial land use.
The first effort in the development of WSDOT’s preliminary design and the City’s LSCC is to assess regional travel needs and work with community members to develop an in-depth understanding from those that see the operations, issues, and possible needs for traffic movement solutions on a daily basis. Early actions will include several fact-finding interviews.
How can you get involved?
If you are interested in sharing your perspective as work begins on WSDOT’s preliminary design and/or the City’s LSCC, please contact Mick Monken at email@example.com or Yosh Monzaki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Dec. 6, 2010 and let them know whether you are interested in one or both of the projects.
Your comments and questions are always welcome, and if you miss this date, there will be other opportunities to contribute later in the process.
This is a great opportunity for the businesses and residents surrounding this area to have a say in the future transportation planning of this key intersection corridor.