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Marysville celebrates opening of Ingraham Blvd.

MARYSVILLE — Nine months after ground broke on the project, and close to two months after the first day of school, the Ingraham Boulevard corridor was officially dedicated Oct. 26.

The corridor extends 88th Street from 67th to 83rd Avenue, which provides not only another connection between Interstate 5 and State Route 9, but also a safer access way to the Marysville Getchell High School campus for buses during heavy rain and snow storms, since the corridor’s grade is less steep than that of 84th Street.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring presented an honorary Ingraham Boulevard street sign to USS Ingraham Commanding Officer Cmdr. Adam Welter, since the corridor was named in honor of the ship that the city of Marysville had “adopted” more than a decade ago.

“We know you keep plenty of personal items on hand when you’re at sea to remind you of your families and community,” Nehring said.

“I saw a picture of the groundbreaking while we were steaming through the Red Sea,” Welter said, before laughing, “It looked cold. We were a little hot where we were.”

Welter praised this gesture of goodwill from the city as one of many signs of the relationships that he hopes to see continue between the Marysville community and his ship’s crew, dozens of whom were on hand for the ceremony.

“It’s important to feel connected,” said Welter, who noted that the rotation rate of sailors sees them moving to many new homes during their years in the service. “When families can connect to the community, our sailors don’t have to worry about them as much, because they’re surrounded by friends and neighbors. This supports the mission readiness of our ship’s crew.”

Welter also expressed pride that the street leads to a new school, since he deemed education to be a matter that the Navy takes seriously. Marysville School District Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland pointed out that Ingraham Boulevard also provides a more convenient access way to Cedarcrest Middle School and Kellogg Marsh Elementary for many city residents, and acknowledged that the opening of marysville Getchell one year ahead of schedule had put additional pressure on the project to complete construction before this winter.

Among the features of the street touted by Marysville City Engineer John Cowling were its energy-saving cost-effective LED illumination, its pervious concrete sidewalks to help channel storm water, its bike lanes and its realignment, rehabilitation and enhancements of Grace Creek and its wetlands, including the installation of 14,000 plants.

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