Northwest NEWS

May 17, 1999

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Community meeting will discuss Beardslee/Ross road improvements

   BOTHELL--The City of Bothell has scheduled a community meeting for Tuesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at City Hall to brainstorm solutions to traffic safety and congestion problems on Beardslee Boulevard and Ross Road.

   The meeting will be the first of an expected two or three forums concerning transportation improvements in this area, the need for which was brought to light during recent public hearings on a proposed Hilton Hotel and office building on Beardslee.

   The purpose of the initial meeting will be to identify a "universe" of possible projects, such as building new roads, widening existing roads, dead-ending roads, or restricting roads to one-way travel. Future meetings will focus on narrowing down the list of possible projects to a set of practical alternatives. Bothell officials hope to have this completed by July 1.

   The next step, starting in July, will be to analyze the surviving alternatives for engineering costs and other considerations and for environmental impacts. Officials expect this analysis to be completed around April, 2000. From the results of this analysis, the Bothell City Council will select one alternative, or one "package" of alternatives, for inclusion in the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

   The Council would then prioritize the Beardslee-Ross project among the numerous capital projects in the CIP, determining when it would be built and from where the money would come. The City will be assisted in both the identification and evaluation phases by one or more consultants. City officials are currently reviewing consultant proposals for the identification phase.