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Working together to improve infrastructure, economic development


Public investments in infrastructure may not be exciting, but they are a critical component of planning for expected growth and attracting new businesses to the community. With 67,000 residents, Marysville is the fastest growing city in the state and the second largest city in Snohomish County.

Take a look at infrastructure investments by the City of Marysville, Tulalip Tribes and Marysville School District to promote continued economic health for the Marysville/Tulalip community.

City of Marysville

This year the city will complete widening of State Avenue between 100th and 116th Streets NE and add water and sewer infrastructure to support new development in the Sunnyside/Whiskey Ridge area.

To support the city’s long-term vision for attracting family-wage jobs, the city will develop a local road network in north Marysville and, with the City of Arlington, continues to pursue official designation as a recognized Manufacturing Industrial Center.

In the Lakewood business area, we are moving forward with design work to improve traffic flow and add road capacity.

The State Avenue plan will provide long-range guidelines so our city’s “main street” evolves in a way that meets our community’s long-range vision for this important corridor.

A state project to build a new I-5/SR 529 interchange goes out to bid this spring. Along with that project, the city will begin building the 1st Street bypass, a multi-lane arterial connecting State Avenue and the Sunnyside area. Together these projects will provide a much-needed new southern gateway that avoids railroad tracks and is an alternative to Exit 199.

Investments in the historic downtown include work nearly complete on 3rd Street and starting soon on 1st Street to upgrade utilities; improve traffic flow, safety and walkability; and improve landscaping and aesthetic appeal.

Downtown revitalization also includes the Ebey Waterfront Park and Trail. The city will open the first part of the trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day). It’s a great way for the public to see up close the newly restored Qwuloolt Estuary, a years-long project with the Tulalip Tribes. We hope you can join us!

Marysville School District

Quality schools buildings and facilities demonstrate an important investment communities make in their citizens and their economic future.

Our schools are not just buildings for our students and teachers. They are neighborhood centers, parks and playgrounds, educational resource centers, and affordable meeting spaces for community members and groups. The District’s efforts to build welcoming, 21st century facilities go hand in hand with the City of Marysville, The Tulalip Tribes, private developers, and other local municipalities’ efforts to create roads, buildings, parks and other infrastructure that make our community a great place to live, work and play.

A school building’s structure, including its natural light, noise quality and green space, is closely tied to school attendance, physical and mental health, and academic achievement rates. In fact, a study of Georgia’s public schools found that fourth-grade students in non-modernized buildings scored lower in basic skills assessments than students in modernized or new buildings. When our students demonstrate success, our community will too.

Another study found that older schools, which have not been renovated or building systems not retrofitted, do not have the infrastructure to support the latest technology and lack modernized labs. Among Marysville’s 23 schools, all but four were built before the Internet became publicly available, and five schools were built before 1960. The goal of the Marysville School District is to have buildings that support the technology we now have in the classroom.

As your school district, we will continue to work hard to maintain our current facilities and ensure those facilities support student learning. As a community, we must together focus on attracting great families and improving our residents’ quality of life. This starts with a commitment to improving our surroundings and creating spaces that mirror the community we want to be.

Tulalip Tribes

Traffic conditions through north Snohomish County will be improved by the completion of the I-5 interchange at 116th Street Tulalip/Marysville. With interstate traffic steadily keeping pace with population and commercial growth in Snohomish County, and the region, it is imperative that we continue to build infrastructure to support these changes.

The Tulalip Tribes, in cooperation with WSDOT, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Snohomish County, and the City of Marysville, completed Phase III of the I-5/116th Street NE Interchange project, which is replacing the existing diamond interchange with a Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) facility, and will reduce congestion and provide more capacity.

Phase III of the project was completed in November 2016, which included the demolition and replacement of a two-lane bridge deck with a six-lane overpass, with more turn lanes to and from I-5. Phase IV will begin this year and complete the interchange with new ramps, double in size to existing.

Minor impacts are expected while the realigned ramps are being built, with construction taking place when traffic flows are at their lowest point, between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., as mandated by WSDOT. When completed, the new interchange will provide for a faster route, reducing average vehicle delays at peak hours by over five minutes per vehicle.

Other benefits to the Tulalip and Marysville communities include construction of a noise wall that abates noise impacts of freeway traffic, new stormwater treatment of the paved areas in the interchange that improves water quality for fish and the environment, new wider shoulders, and pedestrian pathways through the interchange providing for safer pedestrian routes. During all phases of the project many trees were removed and these will be replaced at a ratio of three to one. Approximately one hundred full-time construction jobs were created with this project. 

When complete this project will reduce congestion, increase safety and support economic development in Snohomish County and in the vicinity of the Tulalip Tribes and the City of Marysville. This is a regional interchange project that is critical to WSDOT/FHWA, Snohomish County, the City of Marysville, Arlington and the Tulalip Tribes.

Key project elements include widening of all interchange ramps, HOV bypass lanes, ramp metering, and replacement of the existing overpass with a wider bridge carrying thru and turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks across I-5, and local road improvements resulting in improved interchange operations.

The Tulalip Tribes have neared the final phase of the Big Water project and will celebrate its completion this spring. The Tulalip Water Pipeline connects the City of Everett water supply to the Tulalip Reservation. The new pipeline will bring water from the Hewitt Avenue Trestle in Everett to the gateway at 88th Street, Tulalip, Washington. The pipeline can carry 36 million gallons of water per day or the equivalent to 25 fire hydrants being opened all at the same time.

The pipeline consists of 48 inch, 36 inch, and 30 inch diameter pipelines approximately 8 miles long. It is estimated that the Water Pipeline will supply water for 100 years for the Tulalip Tribal members. Water may also be used for non-drinking purposes to support fisheries on Tulalip Reservation.


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