Building on the city’s strong track record of project delivery, I am proud to report that we are completing important city infrastructure projects on time this summer. This is important to resident taxpayers, commuters, businesses and visitors. 

First Street Bypass

The biggest is the First Street Bypass, which is nearing completion and expected to open in early October. This $13 million public investment is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by the city. The city’s contractor, Scarsella Brothers, widened First Street from two lanes to five between State and Alder avenues to create an alternate east-west arterial to Fourth Street (SR 528) with bike lanes, a bike/pedestrian path, street lighting and traffic signal improvements. To the east, a new two-lane roadway continues between Alder and 47th Avenue NE to add capacity to the local street network. 

This new arterial route avoids train crossings in downtown Marysville as an east-west alternative to Fourth Street (SR 528), where frequent traffic backups occur when trains cross Fourth Street near Cedar Avenue. The new bypass will also more directly serve the growing neighborhoods on the southeast Marysville hillside. 

We’re now entering the finishing phase. In the weeks ahead, look for information about the new roadway opening to the public. We can’t wait to share it with you. 

Cedar Field

We recently completed significant upgrades to Cedar Field (also known as Rudy Wright Memorial Field), Marysville's oldest Little League field. The city paid about half the $900,000 cost, with the balance from the State of Washington, Snohomish County and Marysville Little League.

The city and its contractors, Coast to Coast Turf and Musco Lighting, worked aggressively to finish renovations in time for this year’s baseball and softball season. Unfortunately, the pandemic had other plans. When our local teams  resume play next year, they will enjoy a greatly expanded playing season thanks to the new all-weather turf and LED lighting. If you get a chance, swing by the field at Cedar Avenue and 10th Street to take a look. 

Street improvements

Finally, contractor crews are wrapping on work on this summer’s 2020 Pavement Preservation Program. Work includes pavement repair and asphalt overlay, sidewalk ramp replacement to meet ADA standards, utility adjustments, channelization, restoration and more. 

These streets were improved this year: 

νGrove Street: from 67th Street NE to 83rd Avenue NE 

ν67th Place NE: from 67th Drive NE to 71st Avenue NE 

ν67th Street NE: from 71st Avenue NE to 76th Drive NE 

ν67th Avenue NE: from 47th Place NE to 44th Street NE at 83rd Avenue NE

Reese Construction was the city’s contractor for this $1.8 million project. These pavement preservation projects are critical to a high-quality transportation system and prevent much more expensive repairs that would occur if they were neglected.

Jon Nehring has been Mayor of Marysville since 2010. You can reach him at 360-363-8000 or

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