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SR 99 - Airport Rd. Intersection Transit Queue Bypass Safety Improvements

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SR 99-Airport Road NW traffic island  
SR 99-Airport Road SE traffic island

The traffic islands on both southbound (top) and northbound SR 99 at Airport Road will be reduced in size to provide a bus-only lane through the intersection.


September 2015

  • Work began April 13, 2015. 
  • This project was declared operationally complete on June 4, 2015. Operationally complete means the majority of the work is finished and the roadway is open to traffic.
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We are improving the intersection at SR 99 and Airport Road in Everett to reduce travel times for buses and cars at the intersection and to improve pedestrian safety in the area.

Currently, traffic islands located on the northwest and southeast corners of SR 99 at Airport Road force traffic in the right lane to turn right. This spring, contractor crews will remove part of the islands, which will create a lane for buses to continue straight through the intersection. Other vehicles will continue to use the lanes for right turns only.

In addition, more lighting will be added at the crosswalks, pedestrian curb ramps will be installed, pedestrian walk/don’t walk lights will be upgraded to include audible tones and indicators and intersection markings will be upgraded.

Why is WSDOT improving the SR 99/Airport Road intersection and adding safety improvements?

Transit buses often are caught in traffic back-ups, adding to congestion and affecting bus schedules. Each corner in both directions of SR 99 has traffic islands that require drivers in the far right lane to turn right. This project will shrink those traffic islands to create a third through-lane, allowing transit buses only to travel through the intersection and quickly access bus stops on SR 99.

The SR 99/Airport Road intersection has been the site of 11 vehicle-pedestrian incidents in the past five years, including two fatalities. WSDOT is partnering with the City of Everett to improve pedestrian access. Everett received City Safety Improvement funding from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program to pay for safety upgrades at the intersection. Several improvements will reduce the risk for pedestrians crossing SR 99 or Airport Road. These include better lighting, improvements to curbs and ramps and upgraded intersection markings.

The End Result
The bus-only through-lane on SR 99 at Airport Road will allow more than 150 transit buses each day to bypass back-ups at the intersection, and pedestrians will have improved access to cross the streets.

Project Benefits

Transit Bypass Lane

  • Transit buses will be separated from regular traffic lanes on SR 99 at the intersection, allowing both buses and other vehicles to move through the intersection more smoothly. 
  • Buses will be better able to maintain schedules.

Pedestrian improvements

  • Pedestrians crossing SR 99 and Airport Road will have better lighting, new curb ramps and crossing signals.

What is the project timeline?

  • March 2013: We began designing the project.
  • February 2014: Project is scheduled to be advertised.
  • March 31, 2014: We awarded the project to Totem Electric of Tacoma, Inc.
  • April 13, 2015: Work began.
  • June 4, 2015: The project became operationally complete. 

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 109971A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $790
Total $790

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
Mark Sawyer 
WSDOT Project Engineer
Phone: 425-225-8799

Tom Pearce
WSDOT Communications
Phone: 206-440-4696

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