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Arlington City Council updates transportation plan


At this week’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to review updates to the city’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).

According to state law, all cities must update their TIP annually for the following six years. To be considered for funding from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) and 1⁄2 cent gas tax monies must be listed on the TIP.

Projects on the new TIP include continuing pavement preservation work funded by the city’s Transportation Benefit District (TBD).

Arlington has a commitment of $2.36 million in TIB funds for a new three-lane industrial-standard road and a multi-use trail connecting 67th Avenue NE at 188th Street to 74th Street NE. Funding is from a repurposed federal project, utilities, TIB, Oso funding and the state CERB fund. Staff is now acquiring right of way for that project.

The widening of SR 531 between 43rd Street and 67th Street is scheduled for 2020-2022, with $6 million from PSRC and STP funding in 2020, 2021 and $13.650 million in 2022.

Improvements to 173rd Street from Smokey Point Boulevard to 43rd Street and then to Airport Boulevard, is planned for 2021 with $1.97 million budgeted.

Improvements at Island Crossing include a roundabout at Smokey Point Boulevard and SR 530, with $10 million in place for 2022.

A roundabout is planned on SR 530 at 211th Place with $2.474 million in place for a 2020 project and a small roundabout is also planned at 77th Avenue NE and 204th Street.

A sidewalk for Highland Drive is number 20 on the list, and the completion of one block at 4th Street is number 21, scheduled for 2020, with $65,000 from the city’s TIF fund. /A side walk is also planned for E. Second Street, between from French Street to Stillaguamish Avenue.

Plans are in the works for a new 89th Avenue, from 172nd Street to 186th Street.

At this week’s workshop meeting, council is scheduled to consider a request for permission from Arlington Arts Council to paint an owl on the east side of the Terrace Park restroom and on the eaves of the shelter. AAC also wants to place five freshly painted plywood cows in the fence at the Jensen Park parking lot.


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