Snohomish County Neighborhood Initiative

In spring of 2018, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers implemented a countywide Neighborhood Initiative to improve residents’ quality of life. The initiative has been updated for 2019 and aims to reduce commute times, improve safety, and increase transportation options.

This initiative focuses on pedestrian safety and local congestion relief:

Pedestrian Safety

  • Continue coordination with local school districts to improve school walk routes.
  • Work with transit agencies to better integrate pedestrian walkways with bus stops and park-and-ride facilities and improve access.
  • Respond to community needs for walkways connecting neighborhoods to local parks, retail centers, and other destinations.
  • Make select street crossing improvements such as the installation of rapid flashing beacons and perform more Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance projects that improve curb ramps and crosswalk pushbuttons.
  • Allocate more than $15 million in the six year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for non-motorized and ADA pedestrian improvements, and also leverage local tax dollars with grants.

Congestion Relief

  • Identify low cost solutions to neighborhood transportation chokepoints and implement roadway improvements listed in the TIP that help keep up with growth. 
  • Continue the use of technology, like smart signals and coordinating signals across jurisdictional boundaries to optimize traffic flow, to reduce congestion. 
  • Grow and expand choices for multimodal transportation – walking, cycling, transit and carpools/vanpools – and provide the best access to Sound Transit’s future light rail stations.

List of Specific Projects

 Combined Pedestrian Safety and Congestion Relief Projects
 Planning infrastructure and land use needs for Sound Transit 3
 Transportation demand management on regional corridors
 Alderwood Mall Parkway sidewalk gaps and restriping to five lanes

 Pedestrian Safety Projects    Congestion Relief Projects
Americans with Disabilities Act ramps associated with annual overlay program   Adaptive Signal System installation on the SR 527, SR 96, 128th St SW and Airport Road corridor
ADA Transition Plan upgrades   Adaptive Signal System installation at 45 signal locations on SR 527, SR 522, I-5, 240th St SE, 44th Ave W, and 164th St SW corridors.
Pedestrian crossing enhancements:
  • Center Road 
  • 52nd Ave W 
  Construction of Community Transit bus pullouts:
  • On Cathcart Way at Snohomish-Cascade Dr
  • On Cathcart Way at Puget Park Dr
 Accessible pedestrian signals
  • Alderwood Mall Parkway and 148th St SW
  • Airport Rd APS and Curb Ramps
Swift Green Line access projects:
  • Beverly Park Road and 112th St SW 
  • 4th Ave W and 132nd St SW intersection
  • 10th Dr SE and 129th St SE intersection
  • 196th St SE and 23rd/24th Dr SE
  • Center Rd and Marino Ave from Alexander Rd to Fairmount Elementary School
 Fill sidewalk gaps:
  • Near Hilltop Elementary School
  • 212th St SE from 37th Ave SE to Bothell city limits
  • Cedar Wood Elementary on 168th St SE
  • 13th Ave W between 164th St SW and 167th Pl SW
  • 148th St SW east of 35th Ave W
  • Manor Way from MP 0.00 - 0.333

Pedestrian facilities improvements:
  • Damson Road near the Hilltop Fire Station
  • Poplar Way from 208th Place SW to Larch Way 
  • Lincoln Way from Beverly Park Rd to SR 525
  • Neighborhood traffic calming locations
  • Silver Way from 120th St SE to 116th St SE 
  • 64th St SE from Riverview Elementary School to Foster Slough Rd
  • Broadway Ave from Valley View Middle School to Springhetti Rd
  • 23rd Dr SE and 110th St SE 
  • Pedestrian facility feasibility studies
  • Damson Rd Sidewalk Extension north of the Hilltop Fire Station
  • 196th St SE/Grannis Rd from 22nd Ave SE to 189th Pl SE
  • Lake Stickney Pedestrian Improvements
  • Alderwood Mall Parkway Sidewalk Gaps and Re-Striping
  • 52nd Ave W from 164th St SW to Lynnwood-county line
  • 13th Ave W Pedestrian/Interurban Trail Improvements from 164th St SW to 169th Pl SW
  Miscellaneous and emergent improvements:
  • Signal upgrades
  • Intersection improvements
  • Spot safety improvements 
  • Operational improvements