- We advertised this project for competitive bidding in February 2014.
- Work is expected to begin in spring 2014 and conclude in fall 2014.
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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.
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.
- 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.
- Spring 2014: We expect construction to begin.
- Fall 2014: We expect to complete construction.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Project Design Engineer
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