Marysville, L.S. still discussing Soper roundabouts, Powerline Trail

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:43pm
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MARYSVILLE – Housing developments are popping up all over 83rd Avenue Northeast near Soper Hill Road.

It’s one of the fastest-growing parts of the city.

Part of the area lies within Lake Stevens.

The Marysville City Council met about a year ago with its counterpart in Lake Stevens. They agreed something needs to be done to help move traffic through that area. Roundabouts have been planned for both 83rd and 87th.

Problem is, Lake Stevens says it doesn’t have any money to help pay for them.

Because the infrastructure is needed to deal with growth, Marysville has agreed to pay for the roundabouts. The work would include turning lanes, pedestrian paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs and planters.

Despite that, the City Council learned at its meeting Monday night that Lake Stevens still has stipulations.

Councilman Jeff Vaughan said he’s getting frustrated because they keep pushing back, saying Marysville isn’t doing enough.

“They’re not going to do it,” he said of paying for improvements. “I think it’s a pretty kind offer from a neighboring community.”

Councilman Stephen Muller said he’s also frustrated.

“We supported them on the trestle,” he said.

The two cities also are working on the Powerline Trail together. It would connect with the Centennial Trail, providing a regional trail that would benefit both communities.

Development of a trail on or along the powerlines would benefit both cities and their citizens, provide recreational opportunities, and provide alternative transportation routes (bicycle and pedestrian) linking the cities, a city report says.

Marysville will plan, locate and provide a neighborhood park with parking and restroom facilities along their segment of the trail within a half-mile of the intersection of Soper Hill Road, the report adds.

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