By B. Tanner
WA.) – It’s a fact of life that more people
means more cars and more cars means more congestion. It’s like
death and taxes. Never goes out of style, never goes away.
Just look at State Route 9
Snohomish County. The Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT
says the corridor is critical to the county’s commuter and
commercial traffic, but has been bogged down with congestion in
recent years from all the growth in the region.
improvement project set to begin
The good news is, some
coming in the form of a $1.6 million interim project that will widen
and restripe a portion of SR 9 in the Clearview area
136th Street Southeast to SR 96 and create a second northbound lane.
Work on the project hot underway Monday May 7.
In a recent statement about
WSDOT said, “Extending the existing four-lane intersection
another 1,500 feet will help increase capacity in the area and
decrease delays during peak travel times.”
Crews will need nighttime single-lane closures
to complete the work. People who travel through the area should
expect most lane closures to be from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through
Thursday. Check the WSDOT website for
The county’s population jumped from about
713,000 to almost 758,000 between 2010 to 2015, according to data
from Washington State. Current projections estimate the population
could reach more than 900,000 by 2025.
To accommodate the
boom, WSDOT crews already widened the highway to four lanes near
Woodinville to the south and Marsh Road in the north. However,
there’s still a 3-mile section in the middle between 176th
Street Southeast and SR 96 that needs to be widened.
There are plans to widen
but there’s no funding for construction at the moment. “This
interim project is far from a permanent solution, but it will improve
congestion,” said the WSDOT statement.