Northwest NEWS

January 15,2001

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Jan. 17 open house to feature traffic improvements

WOODINVILLE - There is no question that traffic congestion is a problem in Woodinville. Travelers often think, "What is the City doing about it?"
   The Public Works Department has several capital improvement projects slated for design and construction this year that should improve travel through and around the city.
   One of these projects will improve the intersection at SR202 and NE 177th Place by the Union 76 Station and Splash and Dash Carwash.
   Conceptual designs will be presented to business owners and community members at an open house scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Council Chambers located behind City Hall.
   The proposed project will be constructed in two stages. A westbound right-turn lane on NE 177th Place at SR202 would be constructed in the first stage.
   The right-turn lane will include roadway widening to improve traffic flow; grading the roadway to improve safety; relocated utility poles and the traffic signal; installing new sidewalk, retaining walls and all associated damage improvements to meet the new salmon recovery standards.
   The second stage will include improvements to the left-turn lane from SR202 to 177th Place and the intersection which services McLendons Hardware and other businesses in the vicinity.
   The City has hired Perteet Engineering of Everett to develop an effective solution to ease traffic at this congested intersection. This is one of several "fast track" projects approved by the City Council as part of the 2001-2006 Capital Improvement Plan.
   A utility tax approved by the Council in 1998 will fund this project. The City Council dedicated revenues raised by this tax to improving 177th Place as an alternate route to reaching downtown Woodinville.
   For more information on the project or the meeting, contact Joe Seet, traffic engineer at ( 425) 489-2700, extension 251.