The first of three roundabouts along the Granite Falls Alternate Route has opened to traffic.
This first roundabout is located at State Route 92 at the westerly end of the truck route project and serves as a gateway to the city of Granite Falls.
Two more roundabouts are under construction at the Burn Road intersection and at the Jordan/Engebretsen intersection.
“We’re moving closer to the completion of a project that will benefit all parties involved,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “Local support here has been as important as state and federal support.”
When finished, the 1.9 mile-route will divert truck traffic away from the city of Granite Falls and will serve as a strategic freight corridor for the region, improving freight mobility, reducing congestion and improving public safety.
In 2005, more than 6 million tons of gravel passed through Granite Falls, equaling one truck and trailer every 30 seconds or 2,000 daily truck trips.
By diverting the traffic away from Granite Falls’ downtown core, the city will be able to redevelop its main street to increase tourism through better access to the Cascade Mountains, National Forest lands, trailheads and nearby scenic rivers.
Road construction began in early 2009 and should be finished in 2011.
The project, which is expected to cost less than $29 million, 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 and the city of Granite Falls.