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Traffic light at Second and Lincoln may be activated in April

SNOHOMISH - The lights should come on for the traffic signal at Second and Lincoln next month.
The signal will benefit users of the Centennial Trail who have no direct route to cross Second Street.
Drivers stuck waiting at Lincoln also will benefit with the light, city public works director Steve Schuller said.
Giving trail users a place to cross is a key incentive for the city after it extended the trail south from the intersection of Pine and Maple avenues in 2012.
When cyclists, joggers and walkers hit Second Street, they had to go out of their way to Maple or Pine avenue, but many also would jaywalk across Second Street.
“It will allow Centennial Trail users to cross at the new signal,” Schuller said.
Contractors began constructing last October, and the lightpoles went up earlier this month.
Project engineer Andy Sics said the signal is scheduled to be in operation by April 18, but this may be subject to change.
Each year, the Centennial Trail draws about 500,000 people.
The project includes landscaped bulb-outs installed to both calm down traffic on Second Street and to enhance the Pilchuck District, the city’s density zoning focus area east of downtown. 
The signal fits with part of Snohomish’s strategic plan, Schuller said.
“The design and traffic calming supports a business friendly corridor and economic development, and also supports the more than half a mile long linear park, which extends along the trail,” Schuller said.
The project will cost approximately $825,000.
A majority of that money came from state and federal grants. About $30,000 is being funded from the city.
Sics went into further detail about the project’s costs and funding sources.
“Construction is not complete; there is still about 35 percent of project not done yet (cost-wise),” Sics stated. “A rough estimate of what the final construction cost will be is about $730,000.  Also, since the project isn’t complete yet, I will have to estimate the cost of our consultant for the construction management services.” 
Sics said he will estimate about another $95,000 in costs for the construction management, all together costing approximately $825,000.


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