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County plans several road projects this summer
MARYSVILLE At a recent City Council meeting, new city Public Works Director Kevin Nielsen warned that his department has several road projects in the works for the coming construction season.
"There will be delays through the city," he said. "I guarantee you that."
Those projects were announced last week, with the biggest being a widening of State Avenue between 136th Street NE to 152nd Street NE.
As it turns out, Snohomish County has several summer road projects planned within the city limits as well, part of their annual street overlay program.
According to new City Engineer John Cowling, dates for the county work have not been set and it is unclear how much of a traffic disruption those projects will create.
As for a timetable, the county's Web site states all work is conditional on weather. Officials run announcements in local papers warning of upcoming work. Additionally, county crews are supposed to put up signage in advance of the work in another attempt to let residents know what is happening and when.
According to information provided by Cowling, county overlay projects within Marysville are as follows:
n 81st Place NE, basically the entire length of the street, which runs east of State.
n 80th Street NE between 47th Avenue NE and 51st Avenue NE.
n Grove between 64th Avenue NE and 67th Avenue NE.
n Another project covers a square shaped block of streets bordered by 67th Place NE, 67th Drive NE, 64th Place NE and 63rd Drive NE. Inside that box of streets, other affected roadways include 65th Drive NE, 65th Place, 66th Street and 66th Place.
n The tiny stretch of 60th Place off 60th Drive NE.
n Cowling listed one final project as a "maybe." If it happens, the county will attack 47th Avenue NE from Grove south to Seventh Street.
According to the county Web site, there are two types of street overlay possible. A thin overlay replaces the top 1 to 1.5 inches of asphalt. Thick overlays see replacement of 2-3 inches of asphalt. The type done apparently depends on the condition of the street; the worse the road, the thicker the overlay.