The City of Edmonds announced this week that it will receive a $2.24 million grant from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for the 76th Avenue and 212th Street Intersection Improvement project. This grant award will complete the necessary funding to allow construction to begin in spring 2017.
The proposed improvements will provide dedicated left-turn lanes on 76th Avenue with simultaneous turning movements during the left-turn phase. The project, which also includes the addition of right-turn lanes and new traffic signals, will increase the capacity and improve intersection signal operation, traffic flow, vehicle delay and air quality by reducing vehicle emissions.
The city is also incorporating water, sewer and drainage upgrades and converting overhead power and communications utilities to underground as part of the project.
In addition, the project will add bike lanes on 76th Avenue West and 212th Street by converting the streets to three lanes, including a center two-way left-turn lane.Bike lanes on 76th Avenue West will begin at 220th Street Southwest and continue north to 200th Street Southwest in Lynnwood.
The 212th Street bike lanes will begin at the Five Corners intersection and continue east to 72nd Avenue.
The intersection project was delayed after bids came in higher than the initial estimate. On Nov. 22, the Edmonds City Council voted to approve a supplemental agreement that will cover additional work by consultant David Evans & Associates on the project, which will be rebid early next year according to City Engineer Rob English.
The city also decided to repackage the project with already planned bike lane work by the Verdant Health Commission on 76th Avenue. “So we are actually going out to bid with both projects at one time, trying to get economy of scale with construction work,” English said.