Even with the threat of rain, around 50 people gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the completion of the 230th St. SW road project. Mayor Jerry Smith spoke about how if it wasn’t for the persistance of Mountlake Terrace resident (and one of the City founders) Pat McMahan for the past 20+ years, this project would likely never have been completed. The Mayor also introduced the City’s lobbyist who helped obtain federal funds for the project as well as City Engineer Will VanRy.
Completed earlier this fall, the 230th Street SW Reconstruction Project is a crucial transportation link between the western half of the city and Town Center businesses, the Recreation Pavilion, the library and police station. It is on bus routes for both Community Transit and the Edmonds School District, and is a preferred pedestrian access across I-5. The new street provides two vehicle travel lanes, two bike lanes, on-street parking, sidewalks on both sides and drainage improvements. The improvements include sidewalk ramps, a revised street profile at 61st Avenue to improve sight distance, and wider sidewalks at bus stops. Approximately two-thirds of the project costs were provided by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant of $818,156 and a $245,995 grant from Washington State’s Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).