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Woman killed

MARYSVILLE – A woman in her 30s was struck and killed by a motorist on Fire Trail Road Sunday.

At about 6:25 p.m., an 85-year-old Stanwood man going westbound reportedly hit the pedestrian. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office personnel are investigating. Identification of the victim will be handled by the medical examiner’s office.

Wider State

MARYSVILLE – The city will begin widening State Avenue from 100th to 104th streets NE early next year. The City Council has awarded a $11.8 million contract to Strider Construction for the work northwest of Fred Meyer, including the section that crosses Quilceda Creek. Funding includes a $6.2 million grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board. New work includes a bridge and widening the road from three to five lanes; improving safety through signal upgrades; improved lighting and sidewalks; and enhancing the environment by treating runoff, restoring wildlife habitat and opening the stream corridor to improve fish passage. Also, many utilities will be moved underground. The city completed environmental review, permitting, right-of-way acquisition and design over the past two-plus years. Construction is expected to last into the fall of 2021.

Risky behavior

MARYSVILLE – Almost 15,500 responses were obtained from a Marysville Together Coalition community survey.

The coalition is a group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in Marysville and Tulalip. The survey assesses risky behaviors in youth.

Survey results are used to come up with topics that are then used for educational classes in town.

The goal of the survey was to capture adult attitudes about teen alcohol and drug use. There were 15,480 responses.

In the survey, depression was viewed as the most serious problem for students in grades 6-12, with 58 percent agreeing. Other top problem areas were: Marijuana, 45%; suicide, 43%; tobacco, 36%; driving under the influence, 36%; alcohol, 34%; and prescription drug misuse, 31%.

Concerning alcohol use, 70.8 percent said it was either a serious or moderate problem.

Of the respondents, 75 percent are woman; also, 78% are white and 17% hispanic.

Safer streets

ARLINGTON – The city has been chosen to participate in a series of workshops to support its work to create safer, healthier streets.

The National Complete Streets Coalition has selected Arlington for the first Complete Streets Leadership Academy workshop series.

The three workshops are designed to pilot new approaches to implementing activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, which make it safe and convenient for people of all abilities to walk, run, bike, skate or roll to reach homes, jobs, shops, schools, and more.

Nova Heaton, development services manager for Arlington, said, “We are committed to creating a more connected, walkable, bikable community for all our residents.“

Arlington will host one of the workshops during the next eight months.

Traffic enforcement

MARYSVILLE – At a recent City Council meeting, the members approved a measure to be part of a directed traffic enforcement effort. The Washington Traffic Safety Committee has awarded $216,760.00 to Region 10 for directed traffic enforcement to reduce fatal and severe injury collisions. The Marysville Police Department will enter into an Interagency Agreement for reimbursement of overtime wages for police who participate in “Target Zero” enforcement, specifically targeting Impaired Driving Training, Distracted Driving, Click It or Ticket, Motorcycle Safety, Impaired Driving Training and Pedestrian Safety. The council also amended a law so that four council members can meet as the Regional Fire Authority board without having an open meetings violation. The new law puts everyone on notice that a quorum of the City Council will always be at the RFA board meeting.

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