New lane configuration for Cedar Way drivers

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Cedar Way looking north near 233rd Street SW, with the old four-lane configuration still apparent in the distance.
Cedar Way looking north near 233rd Street SW, with the old four-lane configuration still apparent in the distance.

Those who drive on Cedar Way in Mountlake Terrace are now navigating a new lane configuration, as the former four-lane thoroughfare is now one lane in each direction south of 233rd Street Southwest. The changes to the major arterial aren’t done yet either, as the new lane set-up will be extended north to 228th Street Southwest when a new pavement project is completed sometime over the coming winter.

The chip seal and new pavement markings of Cedar Way south of 233rd Street Southwest were completed last week and capped off the planned roadway improvements following the placement of a new water main beneath the street earlier this summer.

The work of resurfacing Cedar Way north of 233rd Street Southwest and 228th Street east to 39th Avenue West will begin a couple months after the Mountlake Terrace City Council selects a contractor for the project, most likely in early October. Once underway, the project is expected to take longer to complete than the chip seal work recently finished, as the plan calls for the old pavement of Cedar Way and 228th Street to be grinded away and replaced with all new asphalt.

— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Does anyone know why on earth they are taking away lanes? There is no need for a turn lane and this will only cause traffic jams!

  2. Hi, Kari:

    People consistently drive above the speed limit on this street. Multiple lanes has encouraged speeders and racing. As I understand it, the “road diet” purposefully slows drivers down to observe the speed limit.

    I commute daily on this stretch of road and have personally witnessed several “close calls” involving speeders and pedestrians. While I share your dislike of traffic jams, I applaud the planners’ commitment to watching out for the safety of my neighbors.

    James Mize

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