For over a year the City of Lake Stevens has been working to bring awareness for the need of safety improvements on State Route 92.
Working closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and with the support of the Lake Stevens School District, Senator Steve Hobbs and Representative Mike Hope, not one but two intersection improvements are being funded as part of the WSDOT safety improvement program.
“This is incredible news for our community and our neighbors to the north of SR 92,” stated Lake Stevens Mayor Vern Little. “These are the two intersections I received the most concern about from our citizens and I am thrilled to hear that both of these areas are going to see safety improvements.”
WSDOT had performed reviews of safety needs and identified 99th as a top priority safety project.
In July 2010 Mayor Little issued a letter of support on behalf of the City Council for this intersection and requested that WSDOT also consider reviewing 113th Avenue NE.
“It was an awesome surprise to learn that both intersections were funded,” Little said. The 113th Avenue NE project was a priority to the City because it is a major access for two public schools close to SR 92.
The design is expected to begin this year with construction to start in 2013. Both intersections will be roundabouts and will be designed to handle large trucks. WSDOT has confirmed that the design will be performed with State Design Engineers.
Roundabouts were selected for the intersections because they typically achieve a 37 percent reduction in overall collisions with a 75 percent reduction in injury collisions.
WSDOT will be working closely with the City through these two project developments and project updates will be posted on the City’s website at www.lakestevenswa.gov.