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City preparing for roundabout construction
SNOHOMISH - The city is getting ready to start construction on the roundabout project at 15th Street and Avenue D in late summer or early fall.
The work could last four to five months. The city will have a better idea of the construction timeline once the project is further along the design phase, city project engineer Andrew Sics said. The design of the project is about 50 percent complete, said a representative of Reid Middleton, the firm hired by the city to design the roundabout.
Once the design is 90 percent complete, the city will know more about the construction timeline and how construction will affect traffic.
“I expect that to be in the next two to three weeks,” Sics said.
The city does know now that construction will cause traffic delays, temporary lane closures and bypasses around the site. Sections of the sidewalk there will likely be temporarily closed during construction of the American with Disabilities Act ramp and sidewalk improvements.
The project is part of the city’s sales tax supported transportation benefit district project list and has $1.5 million in federal funding.
About a dozen residents showed up to a community meeting to ask questions and address concerns about the roundabout project located in the north end of town.
Residents, National Guard representatives, nearby business owners and representatives from Snohomish Fire District 4 were in attendance.  
Fire Chief Ron Simmons voiced concerns about visibility for fire trucks leaving the nearby fire station. The roundabout’s design includes a vertical element in the center, which is what Simmons was concerned about.
Project engineers assured the chief that there will be “adequate sight lines” for the trucks. Landscaping will be kept to low shrubbery on the side of the department’s frontage, designers said, and the vertical element in the center of the roundabout will be kept low enough for drivers to still be able to see fire trucks.
Sics said the design purposefully includes a vertical element to encourage drivers to look left for oncoming traffic as opposed to straight ahead and across the roundabout.
“We’re going to make sure that the sight line is not an issue,” Sics told Simmons.
Small business owner Lindy Dalton of Lindy’s Attic located next to the project site showed up to the meeting to voice her concerns about how construction will affect her business.
“There’s a lot of traffic that will go through that intersection, so we’ll be doing our best to maintain traffic with bypasses and not have any closures,” Sics said. “We’re going to work with the business owners to make it so that they’re not inconvenienced. We want to mitigate as much as possible how it would impact their business.”

 

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