Officials, contractors, staff and guests celebrated the start of the Main Street project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday afternoon, April 20.
The event featured remarks by Congressman Rick Larsen, Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and City Manager Scott Hugill. Also in attendance were State Representative Cindy Ryu, Snohomish County Councilmembers Terry Ryan and Stephanie Wright, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Pro Tem Doug McCardle, and Councilmembers Laura Sonmore, Rick Ryan, Bryan Wahl, Seaun Richards, and Steve Woodard. About 40 guests attended the event.
Phase 1 of the Main Street Revitalization Project is a multimodal project that reconstructs the deteriorating pavement along 236th Street SW from I‑5 to 56th Avenue W. Once completed, the roadway will provide one travel lane in each direction, a two-way center turn lane, and bike lanes. The improvements also include wider sidewalks with trees, decorative LED pedestrian and street lighting consistent with Town Center standards, and relocating existing overhead utilities underground.
“Mountlake Terrace’s strategic location along Interstate 5 between Seattle and Everett, together with a light rail station opening in 2024, make development in the community’s Town Center very attractive,” stated City Manager Scott Hugill. “The Main Street project was identified by the City Council as an investment to bring housing, jobs and services to the community today and into the future.”
The project will also upgrade the 56th Avenue W traffic signal, include a new signal at Gateway Boulevard constructed by the Terrace Station development, and underground facilities for the future traffic signal at the 236th/58th intersection. This signal will be needed later as Town Center redevelopment occurs.
Main Street Phase 1 construction is fully funded by a federal Surface Transportation Program grant, two State Legislative Appropriations, a Transportation Improvement Board grant and the city’s utility funds. The city is working to fund Phase II of the Main Street Project (56th Avenue W from 236th to 230th Streets SW).
For more information on the Main Street project, please contact City Manager Scott Hugill at (425) 744-6208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.