Northwest NEWS

December 2, 2002

Local News

Woodinville receives transportation grant to ease SR202 - NE 175th bottleneck

The City of Woodinville will receive $4.6 million from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (T.I.B.) to improve State Route (SR) 202 from Northeast 175th Street to the southern end of the SR 522 overpass.
   The money will be allocated to the City in July 2003. The estimated $6.9 million cost of Woodinville's project is supported by the grant, Washington Department of Transportation, the federal Hazards Elimination Program and the City's capital project fund.
   "This project addresses a longstanding bottleneck at the railroad crossing just south of the City's main interchange onto highway 522," explains Joseph Seet, City Engineer. "Once complete, inbound and outbound traffic will have an easier and quicker commute."
   Improvements include added lanes on SR 202 under the trestle, a southbound right turn lane at Northeast 175th Street, an additional southbound left turn lane at Northeast 177th Place and another northbound through lane north of Northeast 177th Place.
   The SR 522 overpass will be rechannelized to expand capacity. The trestle walls will receive a new treatment to be determined by the City Council. Design for the project is expected to begin mid-2003 and construction beginning 2004.
   The T.I.B. has awarded over $80 million in road and sidewalk improvement grants to 76 agencies.
   The grant funding comes from the revenue generated by three cents of the statewide gas tax allocated to T.I.B. projects by the Legislature. Woodinville's proposal competed against over 400 other projects submitted by local governments across the state. Go to www.tib.wa.gov to view all projects selected statewide.