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Work underway to install new medians on 67th Ave.

The new medians are meant to be more sustainable and require less maintenance

 

January 17, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Arlington construction crews remove the dirt from medians along 67th Avenue in preparation of installing new designs for them this year.

The city of Arlington is installing new medians on 67th Avenue NE that could become a standard model for the city's traffic dividers.

Work began on the medians on Jan. 8.

Arlington Maintenance and Operations crews have started to remove the dirt and plants in the medians.

They plan to install irrigation lines and put in river rock sections along with areas of small trees and shrubs.

One of the end goals is to have less staff time required to maintain the medians.

"This design will cut down on the maintenance of the median," said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington.

There are seven medians that are scheduled to be worked on so there is a lot of work to do, said Lopez.

City officials hope to be finished by early spring.

Single-lane closures are possible in the future with flaggers moving one direction of traffic through at a time.

Traffic updates about the road will be available at the city's website at arligntonwa.gov or on their Facebook page.

The work is being done by city of Arlington employees, said Lopez, so the majority of the costs were with the rocks and plants being brought in.

Those were paid through the city's Maintenance and Operations budget.

The city began this project as a way to make median maintenance more cost-effective.

"The medians had some established plants there previously, but with the strong drought we had this summer most of them died," said Lopez.

A team of city officials from the planning department, Maintenance and Operations, and community revitalization worked together "to find what the best plan for the long term would be," said Lopez.

They also took input from residents of the nearby Gleneagle neighborhood about what has worked for them.

"What we will end up with is hopefully a more sustainable and attractive road for this important gateway into the city," said Lopez.

"Just getting the medians in order will be an improvement," she said.

If the median design model is successful the city may implement the river rock design in other areas around the town when they are building or maintaining medians.

"It will be a test and we will se how it works out," said Lopez.

"In other areas of the city we will use the same plan as a standard if we determine that it works well," she said.

It is also possible to add other elements to the design after it is completed.

"Work with the Arlington Art Council is possible in the future to add some art to the medians as well," said Lopez.

 

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