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City implements changes on Smokey Point Blvd.

Two additional stop signs and a reduced speed limit are meant to reduce collisions on the street


March 14, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

One of the new stop signs installed at the intersection of 188th Street and Smokey Point Boulevard on March 9.

The city of Arlington has implemented additional stop signs and a reduced speed limit to Smokey Point Boulevard in an effort to reduce collisions.

The changes were finished on March 7.

The intersection at 188th Street and Smokey Point Boulevard is now a four-way stop and the speed limit has been reduced by 5 miles per hour, bringing it down to 35 miles per hour.

In addition, the Snohomish PUD has installed brighter lights on the road for better vision at night-time.

Recently, Arlington city officials looked at the corridor and the amount of car accidents that were occurring in the area.

"We did a number of traffic studies and looked at the collision data from the area," said Kristin Banfield, communications manager for the city.

"We made changes based on the number of those," she said.

It was not simply the number of collisions, but the type and severity of those collisions that caused the city to make the change.

Cars on 188th Street turning onto Smokey Point Boulevard had a two-way stop previously.

Accidents happened when they did not have enough time to make a turn onto the road with motorists often going around 45 miles per hour on the road.

"People would say, 'well I thought I had enough room to make it,' but you have cars coming on the other side going 40 to 45 miles per hour," said Banfield.

"The intersection at 188th [Street] was the site of a lot of collisions," she said.

The changes were also made to address future traffic growth and help cars flow smoothly through the area.

"There is a lot of traffic volume in that corridor," said Banfield. "There are a lot of roads that intersect there."

The first change the city made was requesting Snohomish PUD to implement new bulbs for their streetlights, which would provide better vision in the dark.

"That area can be a little dark," said Banfield. "Now it really is brighter at nighttime.

After the three changes to the boulevard, there are no more immediate changes planned for the street.

"That is it for the intersection for right now, but we may look at more improvements in the future," said Banfield.

If Smokey Point continues to grow, the intersection at 188th Street may need to be upgraded sometime in the future as well.

"I know that due to the expected traffic increases in the area, eventually we will look at changing that intersection to a full signal intersection or a roundabout, although we don't know which yet," said Banfield.


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