Northwest NEWS

June 24, 2002


City's first Grid Road becomes reality

WOODINVILLE — Road construction will soon begin on 133rd Avenue Northeast from Northeast 172nd Street to Northeast 175th Street providing direct access from the city's main downtown street to 171st Street. The new road will be a half-street improvement to include a sidewalk on the west side, street lighting and future bicycle lanes.
   A light-hearted groundbreaking ceremony with the City Council was held June 22 when the former Woodinville Chiropractic building was demolished making way for the new street.
   "This is the city's first grid road," notes Mayor Scott Hageman. "We look forward to the benefits it will offer to downtown traffic, especially more direct access to our civic campus area. It provides a much-needed north/south connection for the super blocks‚ south of NE 175th Street." 
   In 1999, the City Council approved funding for the road as a two-phased project. In 2000, the first phase of the grid road was completed in conjunction with the construction of the new City Hall facility.
   Phase II proceeded when the Northshore School District vacated the C.O. Sorenson School in February 2002.