S. Machias Road / Machias Cutoff Intersection Improvements

August 2019 Update

NIght Paving Work Scheduled

Snohomish County Public Works has scheduled paving work at the intersection at S. Machias Rd and Machias Cutoff, including the Centennial Trail Crossing, in the evening from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., on Wed. and Thurs., Sept. 4 and 5. Lane closures will be in effect with alternating traffic. Flaggers will be on scene. Drivers and trail users should expect long delays. This work is dependent upon dry weather. It will be rescheduled in the event of rain.  Access for emergency vehicles will be available at all times. The contractor plans to place signage out the week of August 26 announcing the paving.

Striping Work to be Scheduled

Striping is being scheduled for the week of Sept. 9. More information about the striping will be released to the public as it becomes available. This intersection will continue to operate as an all-way stop until the traffic signal becomes operational.


To reduce delays and improve traffic operations, Public Works is planning improvements to the S. Machias Road and Machias Cutoff intersection in the Lake Stevens / Snohomish area. This project includes widening and realigning the roads leading up to the intersection, new signalization at the intersection, and the incorporation of Centennial Trail into a new crossing at the proposed signal. The project will also include new stormwater facilities. Construction for this project should be completed in February

This is one of many projects the departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation are collaborating on. For more information on the Centennial Trail, visit the Parks & Recreation webpage.


  • 2016-2018: Design, survey, environmental review, right-of-way acquisition
    • The process of developing road projects takes several years. Many factors must be considered, including: location of homes; public right-of-way; stormwater runoff, drainage and water quality; wetlands and buffers; hilly terrain; sight distance; soils; traffic volumes; accident history; vehicle and pedestrian access; location of utilities; and information that residents provide about the area.
  • 2019-2020: Construction

Environmental Review

The county has completed an environmental review of the proposed project area in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).


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