Northwest NEWS

July 24, 2000

Local News

Temporary closure is at halfway point

   BOTHELL--The Public Works departments within both the City of Bothell and Snohomish County have announced the positive effects of the temporary closure of Bothell's 228th Street, between 4th Avenue West and Locust Way.

   A joint decision was made by the organizations in mid-June to temporarily close the street's portion between June 26th and Aug. 6, due to extensive grinding, regrading, and paving. This closure is part of an overall $9 million construction project on the rebuilding of 228th Street, a busy arterial in northwest Bothell.

   At a July 12th meeting between City and County Public Works departments, project managers evaluated the work at its halfway point. It was reported that there have been minimal complaints regarding the detour route, traffic, or emergency service access. The project was right on schedule to reopen 228th Street, between 4th Avenue West and Locust Way, on August 6th, as orginally planned.

   "It was determined by both Public Works departments that this temporary closure is a success," said Senior Project Manager Darek Jarzynski, City of Bothell. "Thanks to the patience and cooperation between the City, County, contractor, and mostly the citizens, the work being done now will positively affect the remaining work on 228th Street."

   There is local access only between 4th Avenue West and Locust Way during this closure. The four-mile detour route heading westbound traffic on 228th will turn north on Meridian, west on 224th, north on 4th West, west on 216th, north on Damson Road, west on Logan Road and south on Locust Way. All eastbound traffic on 228th will turn north on Locust Way, east on Logan Road, south on Damson Road, east on 216th, south on 4th West, east on 224th and south on Meridian.

   Prior to this closure, Public Works crews drove the detour route to ensure it was the best possible route in distance, time, and impact on surrounding neighborhoods. Remaining work to be completed before August 6th includes installation of new water, sewer, gas, and telephone utilities, as well as road grading and paving.

   For more information about the 228th Street construction, call Snohomish County Roads Construction Hotline toll-free at 800-562-4367, ext. 3993 (TDD/TYY users call WA Relay Center at 800-833-6388), or call the construction trailer at the job site (phone number is (425) 482-6859).

Lane closure

   The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Woodinville area of the single-lane closure to through traffic on 63rd Ave. SE between 234th St. and 238th St. SE through Aug. 21 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Any questions regarding this project may be directed to Snohomish County Public Works at 425-388-6453. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.