236th St. SW Striping. What’s the deal?

Many people have contacted us wondering what is going on with the 236th St SW striping. The short answer? It’s not finished.

See the image below for what still needs to be done to complete the project. It’s a little bit confusing but when the markings are complete it should make sense. The thick stripe and thin stripe that are 2.5 feet apart creates a buffer area between the westbound travel lane and the westbound bike lane. When the pavement striping is complete there will be diagonal striping in between those two lines.

If you have been keeping up with stories about this on MLTnews, you would know that the parking lane on the south side of the street between 52nd and 48th has been removed. MLTnews readers have mentioned that people are actually parking in the bike lane. Once the project is complete there will be bike lane markings as well as no parking signs on the south side of the street to make it obvious that parking is not allowed int he bike lane. There will also be no parking signes on the north side of 236th from 48th to Cedar Way.

Stencils for the bike lane markings are expected to arrive next week and completion by the contractor (Snohomish County) will be weather dependent.

236TH ST. SW looking East
236th St. SW looking West

  1. It’s a little surprising, with all the discussion at City Hall leading up to this change, that all the pieces weren’t in place to do the job right all at once. It doesn’t make sense to me to start re-striping the road and make a major change in parking restrictions if you don’t have all the signs and stencils needed to finish it.

    1. I agree 100%, and IMO, just another failure on the city and council to follow through appropriately. With the weather changing, it could be weeks before this is finished. The council took WAY to long to make the (wrong) decision on this striping, and now it’s going to remain unfinished and confusing for who knows how long…

      I don’t blame the people for parking there… the city needs to get busy and ensure these contractors complete the jobs they’re hired to do. This isn’t the first time a basic job has taken FAR too long to complete, costing us money and added confusion. It is really ridiculous. Isn’t anyone at the city monitoring these projects for timeliness??

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