Woodinville’s planning commission voted unanimously to recommend that city council adopt the six-year capital improvement plan (CIP), during a virtual meeting Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

The document lays out long-term plans for a number of street and infrastructure projects, including a new roundabout at Woodinville-Redmond Road and widening 131st Avenue NE to improve traffic flow. 

City council plans to officially adopt the updated planning document in December along with the city budget, according to staff. The draft CIP highlights 65 projects with an estimated $181,494,000 in total costs throughout the six years. Roughly $30 million is allocated for the 34 fully or partially funded projects for 2021-2022.

A majority of projects slated for 2021-2022 are required and already fully funded, with the addition of several new projects. Required projects include several overlay programs, a new roundabout, updated studies, new signals on roads and the expansion of the public works facility, among others. 

More than $1.7 million is set aside for the next two years to start the planning process of widening 131st Avenue Northeast from State Route 522 to 175th Street. In total, the project is expected to cost $10,244,000, according to the plan, and is meant to address traffic congestion and capacity. 

“The emphasis should be placed on maintaining current infrastructure and equipment, and then addressing any safety concern,” Assistant to the City Manager Kevin O’Neill said at the meeting. 

In 2022, preliminary work is expected to begin on traffic improvements on State Route 522 and the interchange with Northeast 195 Street. Planned improvements include roundabouts, lane channelization and landscaping, according to the plan. A budget of $9.2 million has been assigned to the project, which is expected to take several years to complete.

In the next two years, O'Neill said, some projects will be led by the city and some by outside developers. A few projects, such as the Civic Campus, will be carried over from previous years. 

The new projects cover another robust overlay program, parking lot overlays, wood trails, pedestrian paths and two studies on slope stability and gateway scoping; the last two projects are considered high priority, but do not yet have adequate funding, O’Neill said. They are next on the list should money become available.

Every two years, the city of Woodinville creates a six-year CIP that maps out anticipated projects and funding for projects related to streets, surface water, parks, facilities and property acquisition. A capital asset or project is defined as a purchase or facility improvement of $5,000 or more with a useful life of one year or more.

The CIP serves as a planning tool to assist the city in managing large capital investments over the course of a six-year period. Required by state law, the CIP serves as a guiding document for capital improvements and corresponds with projects identified in the city’s biennial budget. 

Notable projects completed in the last two years include maintenance on more than 5.2 miles of road and safety improvements to sidewalks, crosswalks and shoulders. Other significant updates range from the installation of flashing beacons and crosswalks to the construction of the Sammamish River Bridge Project. 

The replacement of the Woodinville Sports Field’s turf and fencing was just the latest completion for the six-year CIP.

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