Signal work at Second and Lincoln begins
SNOHOMISH - Construction work began last week on the traffic signal and intersection improvement project at Second Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The area will be reduced to one lane and drivers can expect to wait a few minutes to get through the site, city project engineer Andy Sics said. Traffic delays will begin as early as this week, Sics said.
Last week, the city began early surveying and clearing work and will start actual demolition of old concrete this week as well as laying down electrical conduits for the traffic lights.
The project is scheduled to be completed in two phases. The first phase, which began Oct. 7, is scheduled to take 50 business days.
Workers have been working the construction site Monday through Thursday, Sics said, in four, 10-hour shifts.
Improvements done during phase one of the project will consist of “everything except the traffic poles,” Sics said.
Phase one will include creating sidewalk bulbouts, revamping the driveway entrance for the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, Centennial Trail realignment, American Disabilities Act ramp improvements and landscaping. The intersection will be synchronized with the lights at Second and Pine Avenue and at Second and Maple.
Once the traffic poles arrive, phase two will begin, Sics said, and workers will be allotted another 30 days to install the poles.
Based on previous traffic signal projects, Sics said, the poles will probably take around four months to show up. He expects them in February or March.
Most of the asphalt overlay work also will take place during phase two. The project will shut down during the wet months.
One of the main reasons for the intersection improvements is to create a proper connection to the Centennial Trail.
Right now, Centennial Trail users have to go to Pine or Maple for a safe crossing of Second Street, Sics said.
This project was mainly funded by two state grants. Ninety percent of the funding came from the statewide Transportation Improvement Program and the state Pedestrian and Bicycle Program.
The remaining 10 percent of the project’s funding came from the city matching its share of the grants, Sics said.
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