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JUNE 30, 1997

Local News

Repairs to 140th delayed

repairs delayed by Andrew Walgamott
Proposed repairs to the intersection of Woodinville's main intersection have been pushed back a year, according to Public Works Director Ron Cameron. Planned this summer was street repair and overlay, removal of trees, and replacement of water main at the intersection of NE 175th Street and 140th Avenue NE near the downtown Seafirst Bank branch.
   Three non-city projects are planned for the area this summer, including TRF and Metro street work and repaving of the Albertsons parking lot, according to Cameron. He said having four contractors in the area would unduly constrict traffic and upset business.
   The delay will also give the Tree Board time to come up with full landscaping for the area. The project has been placed on Woodinville's 1998-2003 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which was approved at the city council's June 23 regular meeting.
   The State of Washington requires cities, counties, and other agencies to adopt a TIP each year to coordinate street repairs on a regional basis. The TIP is used at the state level to secure federal grants for local agencies. The plan is also used to identify potential funds garnered from developers for traffic mitigation.
   The TIP identifies how and when funding is expected to be received for projects. Near-term projects on Woodinville's TIP include improved access to State Route 202 from SR-522, left turn pockets on Woodinville-Duvall Rd. at 152nd Ave. NE, intersection improvements at 160th Avenue NE, and signalization and alignment work to the intersection of State Route 202 and 127th Place NE near McCorry's.
   Non-motorized project funds applied for include pedestrian paths along 156th Avenue NE from the White Stallion up to the King-Snohomish County line, and construction of the Woodinville Valley Trail, among other pedestrian improvements.
   Projects several years out include widening Woodinville-Snohomish Road to four or five lanes from 140th Avenue NE north to NE 205th Street, expanding 140th Avenue NE along the north side of the TRF development with sidewalks and bike lanes.
   The city council approved the six-year TIP by a vote of 7-0 after a brief public hearing.