Keeping kids and the community safe is the biggest reason the City of Lake Stevens is building two new roundabouts on Highway 92 this summer.
The groundbreaking for the new roundabouts took place on Friday, May 31 at the corner of Highway 92 and 99th Ave. NE where one of the two roundabouts will be built.
The other will be built at 113th Ave. NE and Highway 92, because both intersections are near schools they see heavy school traffic during the school year.
Lake Stevens High School students use the intersection at 113th Ave. NE regularly and Sunnycrest Elementary School parents and school buses use the 99th Ave. NE intersection to bring kids to and from school.
The groundbreaking and the entire project, has brought many organizations together including the City, Lake Stevens School District, Lake Stevens Police and Fire, Senator Steve Hobbs and the Washington Dept. of Transportation, all entities that want to see our streets and our citizens safer.
Mayor Vern Little welcomed everyone to the groundbreaking and explained that he had spoken to many students from the high school asking them if they would like a roundabout or a signal at the 113th Ave. NE intersection.
“The high school kids wanted a safer intersection,” he said, explaining that they would like the “older folks” to move a little more quickly through the roundabout if it is built.
Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook expressed her gratitude in creating a safe driving environment for local students.
“On behalf of the Lake Stevens School District I want you to know how pleased we are that these intersections are happening,” she said. “These roads are traveled daily by students, parents and school buses, this will make the roads safer for them.”
After growing up in Lake Stevens, Senator Steve Hobbs has seen the community and the traffic grow and creating safer roads will impact his family as well, especially now that he has a son who is driving.
“I love going to these ribbon cuttings, especially in Lake Stevens,” he said. “It’s amazing to see how the community has grown and we want to keep kid’s safe.”
The work on the roundabouts will start this month and will be done simultaneously. They will be single lane roundabouts. Construction will be completed by the beginning of the new school year in September.
“Currently over 20,000 vehicles travel down this road each day,” Janice L. Fahning, Construction Project Engineer from Washington Department of Transportation said. “The benefit of a roundabout versus a signal is that they keep drivers moving and provides safe access to busy intersections.”
The roundabouts will also help drivers from Granite Falls and the dozens of large trucks that use Highway 92 to have a consistent flow of traffic while also keeping the road safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.