Friday, January 25, 2019

New option for the SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvements in Lake Stevens takes center stage

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5: The open house scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 has been postponed due to snow/ice conditions and will be rescheduled for a later date.

By Diana Barreto

The new year often brings a renewed sense of opportunity and a new chance to invest in improvements. For the Lake Stevens community and Snohomish County drivers, 2019 brings new opportunities to provide input on a new SR 9/SR 204 intersection design. You may be thinking: “Didn’t we already finalize the intersection design?” And the answer is, yes – but we had some challenges to address.


In summer 2017, the SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvements project Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens community reached consensus on a grade-separated intersection design. This design required digging 30 feet into the ground to allow free flow of SR 9 traffic, with no stoplights, below SR 204.
An upcoming open house will be a great chance to hear about the future of the SR 9/SR 204 intersection in Lake Stevens.

Building on community consensus, the project team moved into the design phase of the project. They conducted project area surveying that included looking underground at utilities and groundwater levels. The groundwater level turned out to be just nine feet below the surface. This meant that the cost, materials, and overall feasibility of the project needed review as well. The project team reworked the new conditions into the project design and determined that the grade-separated alternative was too costly. Even though the project team included some cost risks into the initial plan process, the updated conditions exceeded those calculated risks.

The project team went to work looking for new solutions that would better fit the budget constraints while also addressing the needs of the community.

Keep your resolutions

Was one of your resolutions to be more involved in your community? If so, mark it off your list by attending our upcoming open house and providing feedback to the project team on the new design.
The open house will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb, 7 at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens. A short project presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m. Learn about the project’s progress, the new intersection design, and what to expect as we move forward. **NOTE: The open house has been postponed due to snowy/icy road conditions and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The road ahead

Once we collect and review community feedback from this open house the project team will meet with the Stakeholder Advisory Group. The advisory group will review the feedback and provide additional guidance on the new design. Then the project team will begin final design work ahead of construction.

Construction to add a lane on southbound SR 9, south of Market Place Northeast, will begin this spring. This construction is a small part of the overall project.


Funded by the 2015 Connecting Washington funding package, we sought practical solutions to improve congestion at the SR 9/SR 204 intersection. Since 2016, the SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvements project Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens community provided input and guidance on design options aimed at creating better connections for all roadway users of this intersection, including pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and drivers.


The Captain said...

If SR9 couldn't go "below" the grade, why couldn't it go "above" the grade.

WSDOT said...

The Captain: Building the intersection "above grade" is still outside of the budget. This option was previously reviewed by the our Technical Working Group and project team and determined not viable for that reason.

Unknown said...

So where is the new egress out of the center of village to head south?

Unknown said...

New South lane from Market St se?on hwy 9? All traffic that is on 204 heads north on 9. Why go back south on 9 when you can take 20th St se to go further south. The new sb lane on 9 is not needed. a new lane INTO the village is needed.

Snohomish County Voter said...

The Market Street intersection needs to pass over SR-9 also. SR-9 is such a 'depressed roadway' due to capacity neglect from Snohomish northward that SR-9 might as well remain in a depressed grade all through Frontier Viliage to streamline traffic as much as possible.

None of the plans look like they are going to last long as solutions because WS-DOT and the legislature refuse to develop the SR-9 and US-2 corridors in Snohomish County strategically to better manage the growth that continues to happen despite their negligence.

N7NIP said...

There are 15 lanes of traffic entering the intersection today, that are often very busy. They are going to funnel into a roundabout? Wow.

Will said...

Roundabouts? 4 of them? Get real. I would rather leave it AS IS than have to deal with roundabouts there. Multi Lane roundabouts are a royal pain. Roundabouts on a major intersection? Get real please. Feels like DOT loves them, drivers HATE them. This concept is getting totally trashed on facebook.

Unknown said...

Roundabouts do not seem like a better option than what is already there . Are there other multilane roundabout with a similar speed limit as an example that we could look at?

Deanna said...

You are asking for a nightmare in that area putting in roundabouts. The area has way too much traffic as it is. Putting in roundabouts would add more pressure to side streets as people try to avoid them.

Snohomish County Voter said...

There is no fool quite so bad as a self-justifying WS-DOT fool. This is their way of punishing Snohomish County for not being as Dem-Socialist as other places. They hate our county and show it with every year of their despicable bait-and-switch tactics that promise us more lanes, and give us highway-hobbling roundabout crap instead.

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