Snohomish County Public Works received $1.63 million in state and federal funds to cover part of the costs for two projects, including one in unincorporated Snohomish County between Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mukilteo. The county will begin construction sooner than anticipated on improvements to pedestrian facilities around Lake Stickney, as well as the railroad crossing at 240th Street Southeast near Woodinville.
“Snohomish County Public Works strives to provide residents with projects to improve accessibility and reduce environmental impact,” said Steve Thomsen, Snohomish County Public Works Director. “But we don’t always have the funds to construct projects as quickly as we would like. Therefore, it is our goal to apply for and receive grants to fill any gaps.”
The Lake Stickney Low Impact Development (LID) project was granted $1,216,250 by Washington State Department of Ecology (WSDOE). Snohomish County plans to install rain gardens and replace impervious shoulders with previous walkways to combat excessive phosphorous in Lake Stickney caused by road and lawn runoff near the lake. The new pedestrian facilities will not only help to improve water quality, but also provide elementary school kids with a walking route to get to and from school.
In addition, informational lake preservation signs will be placed along the walkways to educate users on the purpose of rain gardens and previous surfaces. The construction timeline for this project will be determined in the coming months as the project team works with WSDOE and continues to pursue additional funding.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Rail Crossing Safety Program awarded $417,620 to the 240th Street Southeast railroad crossing project. With the recently received grant funding, Snohomish County expects construction to occur in 2019. This grant supplements a previously received $144,000 grant, awarded by WSDOT’s Freight Rail Assistance Program.
In 2017, Public Works was awarded 15 grants totaling more than $7.3 million in project funding. In addition, Public Works also had 57 active grants totaling nearly $73 million of project billing over many years.