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JULY 28, 1997

Local News

Woodinville develops preliminary street standards

  by Andrew Walgamott
   Putting meat on the Comprehensive Plan, Woodinville city staff and consultants presented proposed street development standards last week. The standards comply with traffic safety and capacity needs, according to Kurt Latt, project manager and senior traffic engineer for Woodinville.
   Entranco, Hough Beck and Baird and the Transportation Citizens Advisory Panel (TCAP) have been working since January on updating basic street standards (curb, gutter, sidewalk) adopted from the county at incorporation. Some plans envision tree-lined streets with wide sidewalks, and in areas, benches and planter boxes.
   "We realize this is a project to us, but it is the city of Woodinville to everybody who lives here," consultant Tim Hedges of Entranco said. Street standards for arterials, from neighborhood collectors to 5-lane principal streets such as the North Bypass, are all covered in the plans, as well as an aggressive pedestrian/bike trail network around the city. When approved, developers will have standards that they must meet, according to Garreth Grube, TCAP chairman.
   For N.E. 175th Street, Woodinville's defacto Main Street, the consortium imagines 46-foot wide streets, with three 12-foot lanes and two 5-foot bike lanes. A 12-foot middle lane would be for left turns. Between the sidewalk and gutter would be an amenities zone, replete with trees and lightposts. Trees would be planted with root barriers that direct roots down through soil that drains well. Buckling of pavement would be limited.
   "We've come a long way on trees in urban areas," said Collie Hough of Hough Beck and Baird.
   Trees would not be planted in the median of 175th as it is a parade route. Stylish lightposts along 175th would be erected to a pedestrian scale roughly 14-16 feet high rather than towering "cobra-head" freeway models. The amenities strip would provide protection for pedestrians from vehicles on the street. Pedestrians would have 12-foot sidewalks with elegant wooden and metal furniture nearby. There would be matching trash receptacles as well.
   On streets connecting to 175th such as 135th Avenue N.E. and the future 138th Avenue N.E. in the TRF project, streets would be three lanes wide with tree-planted medians alternating with left-turn lane collectors. For the Tourist District Overlay along 145th Avenue N.E., plans show wide streets with open, landscaped berms to maintain a rural feel. A pedestrian/bike trail would be offset from the road and placed behind the berm.
   The new standards, still to be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council, won't occur all at once, but will be done as areas develop and redevelop. Grube noted that with the TRF development, adjacent roads will come up to the new standards soon.
   TCAP was charged with representing local citizens interests in transportation issues. Members included Planning Commission chair Garreth Grube and local landowner Don Sirkin.