Reps. Moscoso, Stanford's co-sponsored bill passes -- Bothell will get 2.5 miles of State Route 527 for Multiway Boulevard Project

Reps. Luis Moscoso and Derek Stanford are already making an impact in their new positions.

A bill that will result in increased economic vitality in the 1st Legislative District was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday.  House Bill 1520 will turn a section of State Route 527 into a suburban multiway boulevard with pedestrian walkways and bikeways.

“The city of Bothell is undergoing an extraordinary urban renewal at this time and this legislation will enhance the ongoing vitality and potential to redevelop this corridor,” said Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), the bill’s sponsor. “By removing this portion of 527 from the state highway system and transferring it to the city of Bothell, there will be a more desirable balance between regional and local mobility needs. It will also help to better connect the newer part of the city in Snohomish County with the older part in King County.”

SR 527, also known as the Bothell-Everett Highway, is a state highway in King and Snohomish counties that extends 11.92 miles north from SR 522 in the city of Bothell, to an interchange with Interstate 5, SR 99 and SR 526 in Everett. The route serves as a connector between Bothell, Everett and Mill Creek.

The measure, requested by the Transportation Commission, will turn over the responsibility of a 2.51-mile section of SR 527 from the state to the city of Bothell. The transferred section begins at SR 522 and ends at I-405.

Commission officials said that I-405 carries the majority of traffic from north to south and to Bothell itself, which is the function that SR 527 had prior to the construction of I-405.

“This bill is an important part of sustaining a livable, walkable, and economically vibrant city center in Bothell,” said the bill’s co-sponsor, Stanford (D-Bothell).

The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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