The new walking and bicycle bridge that will be built across the waters of Lake Stevens is shown above.
The new bridge will offer a quicker way across the lake for pedestrians and bikers and a new source for getting
physical excercise all while enjoying the beauty of the lake. Photo by Shane Kantzer
The City of Lake Stevens has been working diligently to provide safe routes to school by building sidewalks near North Lake Middle School.
Safety is also their main concern at Lundeen Parkway and Vernon Road/Lake Drive—this is why they have voted to use federal stimulus money, through the Reinvestment and Recovery Act, to build a new round-about.
The City of Lake Stevens has once again applied for funds through the Recovery Act to build a foot and bicycle bridge that will spread from the east side of the lake to the west side.
Knowing the importance of keeping families safe makes the building of the bridge an exciting prospect for the city.
The City was on a short list to receive monies from other projects that have not been started in other cities. These cities, including Tacoma and Olympia, have not been able to get their federal stimulus projects moving in a timely manner, so have lost the monies offered them.
Lake Stevens soon moved up the list and will be receiving $3 million dollars for the bridge project.
City staff has been diligent in pursuing the extra funds available through the federal money. They realize the positive effect having a bridge across the lake will have on the city as a tourist destination, especially for avid bicyclists.
The bridge will be built from Wyatt Park (Davies Beach) across to Sunset Beach on the other side.
Boaters and personal watercraft operators will be effected little by the bridge. There will be plenty of room to maneuver through the bridge supports.
From a safety perspective, police don’t see that the new bridge will create problems for those enjoying the lake from boats or personal watercraft. Police boats will continue to patrol the lake for those who are not abiding by the lake’s rules and regulations.
The building of the bridge will take a little over a year and will create over 35 jobs for local construction workers. When it is complete, it will hopefully bring a boon to the local economy.
The bridge will also create a fit and healthy community and help the City of Lake Stevens become a little more green in the process.
Walking or biking across the lake will not only give people a chance to exercise but will also cut down on the cars driving around the lake, which will help cut down on pollutants in the air keeping our lake and the air we breathe clean.
For those of you who are red in the face right now and seething at the thought of a bridge looming across Lake Stevens, this is just another one of the Journal’s April Fools jokes and a little humor never hurt anyone!