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Second Street revamp continues to be prepared

Next public meeting will be 5:30 p.m. June 14 at the Boys & Girls Club

Graphic courtesy City of Snohomish

An artists' rendering of what Second Street may become.

SNOHOMISH — The city is planning a deluxe makeover for the Second Street corridor and wants to collaborate on the new look with residents.
City officials and about a dozen interested residents gathered to brainstorm about the heavily trafficked stretch at a May 24 town hall at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club.
Project manager Denise Johns invited participants to “dream big” about a safer, multimodal, environmentally friendly and attractive corridor. “We’re asking you to be visionaries,” said Wendy Poischbeg, the city’s new economic development and communications manager.
The project would span Second Street from state Route 9 to Lincoln Avenue, but likely be completed in three phases. Johns has applied for a $2 million grant toward completing the first phase on the west end of Second. Work along the adjacent Pilchuck District and Historic downtown would follow.
The city has already secured a $323,000 grant for design and planning.
Making the road safer for everyone is a pressing concern. Johns said the street was the site of 327 crashes, 88 serious injuries and one fatality in the past decade.
Another core goal is more bike and pedestrian friendly travel options that put walkers and riders on equal footing with drivers. The city also wants to make the area equally accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and to those who do not want to or cannot drive.
“Minimizing the effects of development on water quality and flooding, maintaining a high level of air quality, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” are other aims listed in city materials.
The project design could be completed by 2019. If
construction funding comes through,
work might begin as early as summer 2020. On the wishlist are underground utilities to replace the current above ground poles.
Residents discussed a few other ideas and wrote many more on butcher paper provided at tables. Ideas ranged from the practical, such as white-lined bike lanes, to the whimsical, such as parklets and art installations.
Some suggested adding markers about historic buildings.
Resident Donna Ray asked if the plan was to shrink lanes.
“We’re not changing capacity,” Johns said. Second Street is a two lane road and “will always be.” She said left turn lanes would also remain.
What might change is the mood of the road. Johns spoke about calming traffic on Second Street, perhaps through signal timing changes and other measures.
Resident Candace Jarrett said she has seen traffic calmed in areas lined with trees. The greenery gave the road a wide open, relaxed feel she said.
More foot traffic and a more engaging view out car windows could translate to more business. Mayor John Kartak envisioned how nice it would be for Second Street to be more like First. City
Council President Jason Sanders said the revamp could translate to economic gains.
Residents are invited to participate in the planning process through an online survey or at a June 14 town hall. The survey is available at and the meeting is 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club at 402 Second Street.


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