MLT City Council approves 2014-2019 transportation plan

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By a unanimous vote, the Mountlake Terrace City Council adopted the 2014-2019 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Ordinance earlier this week. The many projects in the TIP plan includes pavement preservation, sidewalks and sidewalk ramp construction, traffic signal construction and upgrades, bicycle route development, and street construction throughout the city.State law requires municipalities to update its six-year transportation plan annually.

Due to the continued economic downturn, the city delayed or staggered implementation for many of the planned projects to reduce immediate costs. Projects that use grants, state or federal appropriations, funding partnerships, and development impact fees have been maintained.

In total, the estimated cost of the entire six-year program is $30.6 million, with pavement preservation projects making up 13 percent of that amount. The city’s planned expenditures for street construction amounts to 66 percent of the total. The remaining 21 percent is spread among other projects including sidewalks, traffic signals and bicycle routes.

The proposed Lakeview Trail is one of the planned projects in the 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program approved by the MLT City Council on July 15

All of the major TIP projects in 2014 and 2015 are funded, in part, by state and federal grants. The biggest projects in that time frame are improvements planned to 56th Avenue West and 236th Street Southwest in the Town Center District, and the construction of the Lakeview Trail along Lakeview Boulevard and 236th Street SW from the Interurban Trail to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

You can view a slide show presentation outlining the 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program here.

– By Doug Petrowski

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