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Granite Falls breaks ground on alternate route for trucks

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Published on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 by BY KELCEY HATCH | REPORTER

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 City, county, state and national officials break ground for the Granite Falls alternate truck route.

Community members, local officials, Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen gathered Thursday, July 2, to celebrate the long-awaited groundbreaking of the Granite Falls Alternate Route.
Reardon, Murray, Larsen, Granite Falls Mayor Lyle Romack and other officials  spoke to the crowd about their participation in the alternate route. Romack called it “the most exciting day of his life,” after his wedding day and the birth of his children he joked later.
“I first became involved with this important project as a member of the Snohomish County Council,”Larsen said. “The Granite Falls Alternate Route is a great step forward for our county’s economy and for public safety in Granite Falls.”
The project, more than 14 years in the making, is being funded through a combination of local, state and federal money. Other project partners include the state’s Freight Mobility Board, Transportation Improvement Board, federal transportation funds, city of Granite Falls and Snohomish County.
“The day has finally come for this project to get underway,” Reardon said. “A joint effort between local, state and federal offices will reduce pollution and traffic while allowing the city of Granite Falls to move forward with its downtown redevelopment plans.”
The 1.9-mile, two-lane alternate route will divert truck traffic away from downtown Granite Falls and serve as a strategic freight corridor for the region, improving freight mobility, reducing congestion and improving public safety. 
The new road will head north from State Route 92 west of Granite Falls, then curve eastward around the city and connect to the Mountain Loop Highway just north of Gun Club Road.
As many as 50 jobs will be created during construction of the bypass. Additional new jobs could occur as Granite Falls moves ahead with downtown redevelopment when the new route is completed.
“The Granite Falls alternate route project will create jobs, boost the local economy, and is a great investment in the community,î said Senator Patty Murray.  “I am proud to support this project which will put people to work today and keep businesses moving to sustain the regionís economic growth in the future.”
After talking to the crowd the group of officials broke the ground on the alternate route using golden shovels.

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