Construction for Marysville’s First Street Bypass began in May and will continue through the next year and a half.
The bypass will extend First Street so that it can connect to 47th Avenue, providing another east-west connection for the downtown Marysville area.
"We've basically finished up our first month of work on the First Street Bypass project,” said Steve Miller, Marysville project manager for the First Street Bypass.
"We're building some ground improvements to support the new roadway that will be going in between Alder Avenue and 47th Avenue,” said Miller.
Marysville city officials had planned for a First Street Bypass for several years but decided to commit to the project with upcoming changes to SR-529.
"It will be a limited access road to allow more traffic to move east from the downtown area,” said Miller.
A new interchange from Interstate-5 will allow commuters to get off of the freeway onto SR-529 before it leads into Marysville.
"People will be using the new intersection and we expect that project to be completed in the next few years,” said Miller.
With more traffic expected from the interchange in the downtown, city officials hope to build an additional route eastward for commuters.
The additional road in the downtown area could also divert some of the traffic that typically takes Fourth Street right now.
"We're trying to reduce congestion on Fourth Street, especially to reduce the delays that result from the train traffic from the BNSF line,” said Miller.
The road is planned to become an arterial that includes bike lanes and a shared-use path on one side of the street.
Utilities and power lines are expected to be moved underground along First Street during the project.
There will be five lanes on the road between State Avenue and Alder Avenue until it is reduced to two lanes from Alder Avenue to 47th Avenue.
The city of Marysville purchased many of the homes along First Street to begin the project and acquired one house through eminent domain, which the city paid $277,500 for.
Altogether the project is expected to cost around $12 million.
"This project is being built with city funds,” said Miller.
If contractors keep up with the current timeline they expect to finish in 2020, he said.
"We expect to be done by the end of next year.”
He said so far the work has gone well.
"We are off to a good start,” said Miller. ”Our contractor has been very competent so far and we are pleased with them.”