City's CIP looks at roads, construction projects
by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--Based in part on the work done in the city's comprehensive plan, the proposed six-year capital improvements program endeavors to map out the year-to-year changes to the city's roads, storm drains, barricades, and city hall.
As proposed, 1997 would see work done to the main downtown intersection at 140th Avenue NE and Woodinville-Duvall Road, plus construction of two emergency gates at NE 195th Street by Wellington Elementary. The plan also calls for guard rails up the ravine on NE 171st (up from the medical complex); fixing the flooding problems on 140th Avenue NE across from McDonald's; and improving the "unsightly" retention-detention ponds on Woodinville-Duvall Road east of Woodinville Plaza.
The two roads to be built by the TRF downtown retail development are scheduled for next year, with a project to interconnect the new intersections and the signals along NE 175th Street. Also in the works for next year would be redesigning three intersections on Woodinville-Duvall Road--at 152nd, 156th, and 160th--with stripings and buttons possibly finished soon thereafter at 156th.
Next year would also mark the beginning of the improvement of the SR-202 and 127th Avenue NE intersection near McCorry's, coordinating the city's study with the Washington State Department of Transportation, which controls the state route.
Reports are also due on 124th Avenue NE between 149th and 160th, the SR-202/SR-522 interchange and the long-term plans for a city hall and community center for Woodinville.
Several councilmembers feel the search for a city hall begins with feedback from residents via an information-gathering survey. Because the city's lease runs out in August 1997, they will be discussing lease extension options with the school district.
While the proposed CIP extends through 2001, the city plans to amend and update the schedule each year, moving up projects as they become more critical, or putting other projects off until later years.