Road work continues on Cedar, 67th Avenues

MARYSVILLE — The city of Marysville has provided updates on two of its current road projects.

City of Marysville Public Information Officer Doug Buell explained that the white stripes have been laid down on Cedar Avenue, and the yellow stripes are set to be placed the week of Aug. 24-28, weather permitting.

"This project effectively reduces the two-lanes both-ways configuration, from State Avenue north to Grove Street, to one lane each way, with a left-turn lane," Buell said. "The striping extends on Cedar Avenue from Fourth Street south to First Street, with bike lanes and added on-street parking. The intent is to create a continuous cycling route for bike riders, unlike on Beach Avenue, where bike lanes stop at State Avenue, with no way through."

As a result of the re-striping, single lanes have been widened from 12 to 16 feet on Cedar Avenue, a designated truck route. According to Buell, this should create better access and visibility for truck drivers, especially when they are making turns. This project is being done by city of Marysville Public Works crews.

A $500,000 project to repave 67th Avenue is also underway, thanks to funding through the 2008 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"This overlay maintenance project is necessary to extend the life of the road," Buell said. "The city completed a pavement management study that identifies roads that need repairs."

Buell projected that, under the current schedule, all of the work should be done before school starts, except for the final striping, "so there may be some remaining inconveniences at the start of school." He noted that parking along 67th Avenue has been removed for construction and will not be restored. The final configuration of 67th Avenue will include bike lanes, a through-lane in each direction, and a left-turn lane. Buell added that Community Transit bus users have had to find other parking areas, and Community Transit may consider a change in routes, due to this change in parking availability.

"Traffic may be significantly impacted by the paving operation for several days in early September, since it's anticipated that the actual paving will occur over three days," said Buell, who nonetheless does not anticipate a full closure of 67th Avenue from state Route 528 to Grove Street. At the same time, he advised local traffic to use alternative routes. Construction tends to begin at 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and no on-street parking is permitted in the construction zone between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Northshore Paving of Bothell is the contractor for this project, whose construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 15.

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