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Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Public Works News Brief
Grade Road Closure

On the morning of 14th October the City implemented a full road closure of Grade Road between 30th and 32nd Avenue NE.  The road closure action was taken following the discovery of an embankment settlement along the east side of Grade Road that extends under the pavement.  The City has been monitoring this area and until this settlement event, the embankment showed no signs of a threat to public health and safety. 

The duration of the detour is currently unknown as the majority of the embankment needing stabilization is on private property and within a protected water of the State area. 

In 2014 the City hired a geotechnical firm that has been performing the monitoring services for the City.  The monitoring included the placement of a ground movement detection gauge.  Since that time, no noticeable movement in the roadway base has been detected.  In 2015 it was discovered that Catherine Creek stream, which had been moving naturally closer to the road embankment base, was causing erosion and some undercutting of the embankment toe.  The City had plans to address this erosion condition this year, but due to recently discovered settlement under the road further investigation is necessary. 

The City is making it a priority to reopen Grade Road.  However, with the wet season setting in, the stream and construction cycle will be impacted, and it is likely the road closure will extend for many months.

Public Hearing

Public Hearing November 24, 2015 7pm at City Council Meeting: Adoption Amendment of 2016-2021 Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan. 

Each year the City is required under State statute RCW 35.77 to prepare a six year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).  The intent of the TIP is to provide information to the State for regional and statewide planning that includes project type and location identification, potential impacted utilities, funding needs, and inter-agency coordination.  The TIP is a subset of the City’s current 20 year transportation list (2012-2032) in the Comprehensive Plan’s Capital Element (Chapter 8).  In August this year, the City Council adopted the 2016-2021 TIP.  

In 2014, the City applied for a Safer Routes to School grant for a segment of 91st Avenue SE between 8th and 12th Street SE.  This is listed in the City’s 20 year TIP plan as ideal for a grant funding opportunity from the State.  The City received notification that this project was selected for State funding.  A requirement to receive the funding, the City must include this project in the adopted 6 year TIP.  This is performed through an amendment by Resolution. 

The project, a sidewalk along the eastside of 91st Avenue SE between 8th and 12th Avenue SE, was approved by the City Council last year to seek State funding.  The estimated project cost is $604,000 with a grant match of $483,200 (approximately 75%).  The City’s share is $120,800.  The project target is to have the project completed by the end of 2016.


Lake Stevens Eurasian Milfoil Management
Aquatechnex will be evaluating the Eurasian Milfoil growth present in Lake Stevens and will be setting the treatment date and locations.  They will update this link https://lakestevensmilfoil.wordpress.com with the relevant information.

Snow and Ice Plan
Every year in October, the City prepares for snow and ice.  The process is performed on a priority system that focuses service on snow removal and ice control on major roadways based on teh function of a roadway, traffic volume, and importance to the general public's welfare.  Residential streets typically are not services during a snow and ice event.  The City follows the guidelines of a Snow & Ice plan which can be viewed by selecting this link. 

Fresh Water Public Swimming Beach Regulations
The Snohomish Health District Sanitary Code Chapter 7.1.2 requires property owners, or agencies, to provide education for swimmers at Fresh Water Public Bathing Beaches. The education must include written educational material easily available for users and provide easily visible signs at all times at the beach. Please review the Snohomish Health District Sanitary Code for additional information.

Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan
Each year the City prepares a six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) that identified transportation type project that are under consideration during that time period. The TIP provides information to State and Local agencies for coordination and planning for transportation needs.

WSDOT SR 9 / SR 204 Intersection Study Improvement Project
WSDOT SR 9 - SR 204 Intersection Study Improvement Project
Washingtion State Department of Transportation performed a study of this intersection from 2010 through 2012 to determined the future layout for operations and safety.  The SR 9/SR 204 is one of the critical links from the I-5 corridor and the SR 9 corridor.  A final report can be viewed at
SR 9 - SR 204 Final Pre-design Report