Northwest NEWS

July 13, 1998

Local News

W-D widening may be studied

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
   SEATTLE--Improving a stretch of Woodinville-Duvall Road would be studied under a supplemental roads budget request King County Executive Ron Sims proposed last Friday.
   If the King County Council approves, $100,000 would go towards identifying whether to widen the street or add left turn lane pockets west of Avondale Road, according to Jennifer Lindwall, a King County Road Services Division Capital Improvement Plan coordinator.
   The study was part of two ordinances the Executive's office say would better link road services with growing areas of urban unincorporated King County.
   One ordinance would revise concurrency standards to increase road standards needed before new development is approved; the other is the budget request that adds two new road improvement projects and accelerates three others besides Woodinville-Duvall. The latter would shuffle funding from projects that don't need money now, Lindwall said.
   She said Sims' plan "accelerates the preliminary scoping to get closer to a decision point." Until now, the county wasn't going to look at the road until the year 2003, she said. The proposals are part of Sims' SmartGrowth initiative to match infrastructure investments such as transportation, sewer and water systems with growth.
   Lindwall said the study on the "W-D," as police and firefighters call the road, could be done within six months to a year. If the council approves, and something is done, she said the city of Woodinville would have a shared responsibility for work on the road.