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Focusing on infrastructure and economic development

 


As we leave the winter season and enter into spring, we are graced with a little more sunshine, more people leaving their homes for outdoor activities and the simple joy of enjoying the longer days. More hours in the day also signal the beginning of construction season and it’s a busy one ahead in the Marysville-Tulalip community. Vibrant economies depend on world-class infrastructure. Here’s a peek at what the Tulalip Tribes, City of Marysville and Marysville School District are working on.

Tulalip Tribes

The main road going out to the Tulalip Reservation is Marine Drive. A year ago, the Tulalip Tribes completed Phase 1 of the construction to widen pedestrian lanes, adding a multi-use trail, and added streetlights to illuminate the path. Phase 2 will continue from I-5 with the sidewalk extension to be completed when it reaches the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club, which is located on the corner of Marine Drive and 36th Ave. NW. This extension should allow a walking path that is approximately nine-miles long from the freeway, providing a safe pedestrian and bicycle lane for Tulalip Reservation residents.

Another large undertaking is the building of the new Quilceda Creek Casino off of exit 199 on the Tulalip Reservation. The new casino will provide at least two-hundred new jobs, giving a huge boost to employment and job opportunities for the community. Several new restaurants inside the casino will provide a variety of food options for the area and an aspiring four-star hotel will be constructed to compliment the Tulalip Resort Casino.

City of Marysville

Construction on the west side of First Street south of Marysville Towne Center Mall is bringing new facilities to filter storm water before it enters our waterways. A full road overlay and streetscape improvements will also bring a fresh new look to the entrance of the Ebey Waterfront Park and adjacent waterfront.

Our city’s large geography means city staff has 203 roadway miles to maintain. City crews annually prioritize road improvement projects to provide the most value for Marysville residents. These projects coming in 2018 are funded through the voter-approved Transportation Benefit District:

nSunnyside Boulevard – 40th Street NE to Soper Hill.

n136th Street NE – Smokey Point Boulevard to east of railroad spur track.

n84th Street NE – 67th Avenue NE to 74th Drive NE.

n52nd Street NE – Sunnyside Boulevard to 75th Avenue NE.

nGrove Street ADA ramps – 47th Avenue NE to 67th Avenue NE

This year the city is also designing and engineering the final phase of widening State Avenue to five lanes with sidewalks and improved street lighting. The section between 100th and 116th Street NE will cross the Quil Ceda Creek.

The Marysville School District

Marysville School District staff, students and families want to thank our community and voters for their support of the two levies which passed by 51.26 percent and 52.26 percent.

The Technology and Capital Projects Levy specifically, will help fund critical facility retrofits and replacements needed over the next few years. This includes everything from roof and gutter replacements at places like Allen Creek Elementary and Cedarcrest Middle School, to new flooring at places like Totem Middle School and Kellogg Marsh Elementary. A complete list of projects can be found on the Long-Term Facilities Master Plan, which is available at this link: http://bit.ly/MasterFacilitiesPlan.

As our community may know, some of our schools are in need of more than a little paint and regular maintenance. Cascade Elementary, Liberty Elementary, and Marysville Middle School are priority schools for replacement. Our district hopes to gain the support of our community in the years to come as we work to address the needs of the staff, students and families who consider these schools an extension of their home.

During the summer months, District facilities and maintenance staff work diligently to make improvements and prepare our schools for the years ahead, and we are thankful to have the funds to address some of the important improvements needed across our district. As these projects are completed, we will be sure to share updates and next steps with our entire community.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the Marysville School District, Tulalip Tribes and City of Marysville about topics of interest.

 

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