City of Bothell update on Main Street, streets and sidewalks and open space | Guest editorial

  • Friday, December 29, 2017 8:30am
  • Opinion
Jennifer Phillips. Courtesy photo

Jennifer Phillips. Courtesy photo

By Jennifer Phillips

City of Bothell

We’ve heard a few questions and concerns about the construction delay of the Main Street Enhancement Project. Here is a brief update on the project and other major city initiatives.

Conceptual design of the Main Street Enhancement Project began in 2009 and design was completed by 2016, while awaiting complete construction funding. Thanks to Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, following the Main Street fire, the TIB provided $4.7 million in grant funding. In April 2017, the city broke ground on the project. An incentive was offered to the contractor to finish by Thanksgiving, but despite everyone’s best efforts, this target was not met. Completion of the project is expected in February 2018.

And, due to strong support from Bothell voters, the Safe Streets and Sidewalk levy is already having an impact. You’re seeing increased road maintenance throughout the city, safety improvements on school walk routes and plans are underway for the construction of new sidewalks.

Growth in our region is happening faster than expected and the City of Bothell is committed to meeting its state-mandated growth while preserving open space. The city’s recent purchase of 47 acres in the North Creek Forest and 89 acres of the Wayne Golf Course, both now preserved as open space in perpetuity, are evidence of this commitment.

We have a lot to celebrate as we look forward to further progress in 2018

Jennifer Phillips is the city manager for the City of Bothell.

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