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This busy stretch of SR 9 sits between Snohomish and Bothell. In the past 20 years, there have been 20 collisions between SR 96 and 176th St. SE. Of those, 13 have been rear-end collisions and four have been t-bone collisions. We will add a two-way left-turn lane along this stretch of SR 9 and add turn pockets at the 168th St intersection.
Why is WSDOT
paving SR 9 and improving intersections?
The pavement on this section of SR 9, from 176th St. SE to SR 96, is deteriorating and needs repair. We will repave this area and will make a few safety improvements in response to community requests.
To protect turning drivers and maintain the flow of traffic, we will extend the two-way left-turn lane north of 168th st SE and add another to the south. This will give drivers turning to and from SR 9 a safe place to wait for a break in treffic to make a turn or merge in to traffic.
We will also add left-turn pockets at the intersection of SR 9 and 168th St.
The End Result
Turning drivers will have a safe place to wait, and will free up the north and southbound lanes of SR 9. This should reduce congestion and risk of collisions.
Repaving the highway will also allow it to last well into the future and will reduce the need for expensive pothole repair and crack-sealing work.
- Safety - A two-way left-turn lane and left-turn pockets give turning drivers a safe place to wait when turning on and off the highway. This should in turn reduce the risk of rear-end collisions and resulting congestion.
- Traffic flow - Giving drivers a refuge lane to wait before and after they turn reduces delay and congestion for drivers headed north and south on SR 9.
What is the project timeline?
Fall 2011 - Design begins.
April 2012 - Contract is awarded to Cemex Construction for $2.5 million.
June 2012 - Construction begins.
Fall 2012 - Construction complete.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
WSDOT project engineer
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