SR 9 - SR 204 Intersection Improvements - Stakeholder advisory group

The Stakeholder Advisory Group represents the City of Lake Stevens, Snohomish County, businesses and transit. The group serves two primary functions:

  • Advises the project team on developing design options that meet the needs of their communities 
  • Provides local expertise, identifies concerns and keeps their constituents informed about project activities

Practical Design Process

WSDOT worked with the community through a process referred to as practical design. An important part of practical design is engaging the public to ensure the project is meeting community needs. The process is used to find a final design that reflects public input. In order to reach a decision, the project team looks at the following:

  • What are the issues?
  • What are the possible solutions/options?
  • How well do the options work to solve the problem?
  • What can be done to make the good options better?
  • Can all of us support the best option?
  • Final stakeholder recommendation. *We are here

The Stakeholder Advisory Group reviewed multiple design options which were presented to the public at open houses in 2017. Once public feedback was received and the design options were reviewed, the group came to a consensus on a preferred alternative design option. The group will continue to meet throughout the design phase of the process as the chosen design continues to be developed by the project team.

A brief summary of meetings and progress is listed below. 

  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 1 (Aug. 16, 2016) Objectives: Review project goals, timeline, and funding; and define roles and responsibilities.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 2 (Oct. 26, 2016) Objectives: Define the project need, and establish how to evaluate project design options. 
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 3 (Dec. 6, 2016) Objectives: Discuss the project area background and environment, review initial design options, and select 16 concepts for WSDOT to study. 
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 4 (Feb. 1, 2017) Objectives: Finalize the project need statement, review findings of WSDOT’s initial design study, and recommend five options for additional study.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 5 (April 27, 2017) Objectives: Review analyses and agree on ranking of five design options, recommend three options with additional refinements to advance and prepare for public review and input at the open house.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 6 (June 20, 2017) Objectives: Review design concept analyses, agree on rankings and narrow concepts to two for further consideration. Team shared property and business owner input, and reported on second public open house.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 7 (July 20, 2017) Objectives: Review updates to design concepts, performance rankings; discuss design concepts and estimated costs; agree on stakeholder recommendation.