By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Mill Creek City Council unanimously approved a motion adopting the 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Plan at their November 5, 2019, meeting.
The State of Washington requires that the city's Transportation Improvement Plan be reviewed and approved by the city council each year.
At a number of October city council meetings Public Works and Planning Director Gina Hortillosa explained that the Transportation Improvement Plan is aspirational, and doesn’t obligate the city to undertake any projects on the list.
She went on to say that listing these projects allows city staff to seek federal, state, and regional grants where these projects align with the other agencies’ plans and aspirations.
Some of the projects on the Transportation Improvement Plan are budgeted projects that are to be partially or fully completed by the end of 2020.
Here is a list of the projects included in the final 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Plan:
1. Seattle Hill Road Pavement Preservation (fully budgeted) - $1,750,000.
Repave Seattle Hill Road between Village Green Drive and 35th Avenue Southeast.
2. Street Pavement Marking Program (partially budgeted) - $645,000.
Maintain markings that identify travel lanes and other guidance markings for auto, pedestrian, bicycle, transit and other forms of transportation.
3. Mill Creek Boulevard Corridor Improvements Study (fully budgeted) - $50,000.
Land use planning study for the Mill Creek Boulevard Corridor. The study will establish a long-term vision for land use and transportation that can be implemented over the next five to 20 years.
4. Concrete Sidewalk Replacement Program (partially budgeted) - $600,000.
Preservation of the City's sidewalk systems which includes 75 miles of public sidewalks and more than 1,000 curb ramps.
5. Pavement Preservation and Rehabilitation Program (partially budgeted) - $3,750,000.
Extend the useful life of the City's streets by assessing, preserving and rehabilitating pavement conditions.
6. Citywide Traffic Signal Upgrades (fully budgeted) - $75,000.
The city owns seven traffic signals that are operated and maintained by Snohomish County. The existing controllers and conflict monitors use outdated technology and need to be replaced in order for the signals to work within the county's integrated system.
7. Bridge Monitoring & Improvement Program (partially budgeted) - $600,000.
Regularly inspect and repair as needed the five bridges over 20 lineal feet within city limits.
8. East Gateway Urban Village "Spine Road" West Connection (not budgeted) - $4,500,000.
This project would complete the "Spine Road” from 39th Avenue SE to 44th Avenue SE. Partial right-of-way purchase would be needed at two parcels for subsequent roadway design and construction.
9. SR 96 and Dumas Road Intersection Improvements (not budgeted) - $5,390,000.
Install a second northbound left-turn lane for northbound Dumas Road and a shared through/right-turn lane to allow protected left-turn phases on each approach to 128th Street SE.
10. SR 96 at 35th Avenue Intersection Improvements (partially budgeted) - $3,460,000.
Add a second northbound left-turn lane to 35th Avenue SE and optimize signal timing to improve intersection operations.
11. SR 527 / 164th Street Intersection Improvements (not budgeted) - $2,090,000.
Extend left-turn lane on east-bound 164th Street SE at Bothell-Everett Highway, optimize signal timing, and make other intersection improvements.
12. SR 527 / SR96 Intersection Improvements (not budgeted) - $9,460,000.
Add an additional eastbound/westbound through lane, and install intelligent transportation systems infrastructure to direct traffic to use alternate routes, which may include 16th Avenue SE or Dumas Road.
13. Traffic Safety and Calming Program (partially budgeted) - $75,000.
Ongoing program to install traffic calming devices to improve neighborhood livability and pedestrian safety.
14. (Old) Seattle Hill Road at SR 527 (partially budgeted) - $1,150,000.
Make intersection control improvements that may include a traffic signal and crosswalk coordinated by the City of Mill Creek, Snohomish County, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
15. 164th Street SE at Mill Creek Boulevard Intersection Improvements (not budgeted) - $7,370,000.
Add a second eastbound left-turn lane on 164th Street SE and optimize traffic signals. This project might require an additional receiving lane on the northbound Mill Creek Boulevard, likely terminating at the intersection of Mill Creek Boulevard and 161st Street SE.
16. Silver Crest Sidewalk Gap - 35th Ave SE to 27th Ave SE (not budgeted) - $3,271,000.
Provide sidewalk improvements on the south side of Silver Crest Drive, between 35th Ave SE, and 27th Drive SE.
17. Trillium Blvd. Sidewalk Gap - SR 527 to North Creek Drive (not budgeted) - $275,000.
Construct approximately 175 ft of sidewalk to fill the gap along the south side of Trillium Boulevard between SR 527 and North Creek Drive.
18. North Creek Drive Sidewalk Gap - MC Sports Park to Heatherwood Apartments (not budgeted) - $890,000.
Provide sidewalk improvements on the east side of North Creek Drive, just north of Mill Creek Sports Park. Improvements include approximately 900 linear feet of sidewalk, curb, and gutter.
19. Bicycle Lane Improvement Program (not budgeted) - $25,000.
Assess safety and connectivity of currently marked bicycle lanes within the city and will develop policies and standards for markings and signage at bicycle lane locations. This program will also identify new locations where bike lanes may be necessary.
20. City-wide Crosswalk Assessment and Improvement Program (not budgeted) - $500,000.
Assess marked and unmarked legal crosswalk locations throughout the city, and evaluate crossings that are in need of repairs or enhancements.
21. Sidewalk Gap and Pedestrian Pathways Improvement Program (not budgeted) - $100,000.
Identify sidewalk gaps within the city and assess the condition of pedestrian pathways in residential areas.
22. ADA Inventory and Improvement Program (not budgeted) - $750,000.
Evaluate and update the city’s 2015 American with Disabilities (ADA) Transition Plan Draft.
23. Trail Preservation Program (partially budgeted) - $95,000.
Identify all of the trails within Brighton, Amberleigh, and The Springs neighborhoods and assess their current condition.
24. North Creek Trail Study (fully budgeted) - $75,000.
Assess American with Disabilities (ADA) compliance for built out sections of the North Creek Trail, make high-level cost estimates for trail gaps, make an environmental preliminary assessment, conduct a geotechnical investigation, and explore funding options.