August 28, 2008 · Updated 1:27 PM
Nearly a year ago, I presented Beach Street Safety Petition on behalf of 51 residents from Beach Avenue and Grove Street. On April 2, 2006, a moving car hit a young boy in the 1200 block of Beach Avenue. A helicopter airlifted him to Harborview Trauma Center. The petition requested several safety enhancements to Beach Avenue, such as signs, caution lights and possibly speed bumps.
Presently, a small flashing caution light sometimes blinks atop a southbound 25 mph speed limit sign. This sign is useless, says a previous Marysville City Council member. The city added one set of white turtle bumps and painted 25 mph on the southbound lane.
Is that all? Are you finished with the safety enhancements? Beach Avenue between Short and Grove streets needs at least twice that. Please spend more money to help prevent another serious accident on our street? Speeders continue. Where is the speed trailer?
There is plenty of money and attention for 172nd Street and Smokey Point, Lakewood and Sunnyside developments. Please spend more resources on Beach Avenue.
Recent articles related to Marysvilles growing pains and the impact that growth has on traffic are: Lakewood residents jeer Marysvilles proposed traffic fixes, Marysville Globe, Jan. 24, 2007; Kendall to stress roads and balanced development in 2007 State of the City address, Marysville Globe, Jan. 24, 2007; Transportation is citys top priority in 2007, Marysville Globe, Jan. 31, 2007; Traffics impossible Residents sick of chokepoint but years from seeing fixes,The Herald, Feb. 3, 2007; Lakewood residents mull 73-home development, Marysville Globe, Feb. 28, 2007; Sunnyside residents miffed at Marysville zoning delay, Marysville Globe, Feb. 28, 2007.
Finally, it is quite apparent Marysville has serious problems with traffic congestion associated with its enormous politics of growth, especially a city that boasts of competing with the city of Edmonds and desires a population near 50,000 residents.