The Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board recently approved $1,001,033 for the City to secure the right-of-way property necessary to build 10-foot wide sidewalks and underground the unsightly overhead utility lines and make the downtown walkable and visually appealing.
This award was one of three dozen transportation projects funded through the 2015-18 Regional Transportation Improvement Program that has over 250 projects valued at $4.8 billion and are scheduled to occur within the next three years.
The Main Street Project will design street, pedestrian, and bicycle enhancements along with improvements to utilities, street lighting and signals, stormwater systems, and undergrounding of overhead power along 56th Avenue (236th Street north to 230th Street), and 232nd and 234th Streets, as well as along 236th Street from 56th Avenue to the Transit Station.
This news follows an Oct. 30 meeting at Mountlake Terrace City Hall called by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to discuss with regional agencies and partners, such as PSRC, ways to seek out and complete funding for the Mountlake Terrace Main Street Revitalization Project. About 20 guests including Senator Maralyn Chase, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith and representation from Senator Cantwell’s Office, Representative Luis Moscoso’s Office, Washington State Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Community Transit and Sound Transit attended.
The group plans to reconvene later next summer to review the progress that has been made. The Main Street Project is estimated to create 1,400 permanent jobs, 188 direct construction jobs and 1,100 housing units.
More information is available on the city’s website www.cityofmlt.com or by calling Chad Schulhauser, Engineering Services Director at 425-744-6226.