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Investments in transportation network keep Marysville moving forward | GUEST OPINION

By MARYSVILLE MAYOR JON NEHRING
Marysville Globe Guest Opinion
August 14, 2013 · 8:05 AM
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When you think of summer, road projects and traffic cones probably aren’t the first images that come to mind, but several projects have been completed this season or will be in the months ahead that will make your drive in Marysville more pleasant and convenient.

Summer and early fall are busy times for our Street Department. Crews are able to take advantage of the drier conditions to complete much needed road maintenance and repairs. Here are some projects that have just been completed this summer or are on the schedule that you should see happening in the coming months:

While these investments will go a long way toward providing increased safety, reducing traffic congestion and creating a more efficient roadway system — not to mention jobs, our momentum hasn’t slowed on acquiring funding for the large-scale projects so vital to Marysville and Tulalip’s burgeoning transportation network.

During this year’s Legislative session, I made several trips to Olympia, pounding the pavement to rally support for key transportation investments in our region, most notably for I-5 Interchange improvements at SR 529, 156th and 116th Street. Complete funding for the 116th interchange and partial funding for the SR 529 and 156th interchanges were included in a $10 billion transportation package that ultimately failed to gain passage during a special session called by the Governor in June. We were disappointed by the outcome, but not deterred. For anyone who drives these routes below, you know their importance and value.

The first two projects require Interchange Justification Reports (IJRs), a document required by Federal Highway Administration officials to demonstrate the need for any project that proposes a new interchange or new access ramps on an interstate. An IJR is a critical early step in getting these built, and equally important, enables us to pursue state and federal funds necessary to get the job done.

These public investments in Marysville’s transportation infrastructure improve safety, ease traffic congestion, support economic opportunity and local businesses, provide jobs, and perhaps most importantly to you, make your daily drive more convenient.

Mayor Jon Nehring can be reached at mayor@marysvillewa.gov">mayor@marysvillewa.gov or by calling 360-363-8091.

 

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