Edmonds’ Highway 99 revitalization project receives $22.5 million from state

Gov. Jay Inslee signs the Move Ahead Washington transportation bill March 25. Directly behind Inslee is 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias.

The City of Edmonds’ Highway 99 revitalization project will receive $22.5 million through the Move Ahead Washington transportation bill that was recently passed by the Washington State Legislature. The bill was signed by Gov. Jay Inselee on March 25.

“This package brings long overdue investments to our most diverse and most underserved residents,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “It will fund the second phase of our multiphase transportation improvements along the entire Edmonds Highway 99 corridor.” Nelson offered thanks to 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias “for leading the effort at the state level” for Highway 99 funding.

The Highway 99 corridor includes a two-mile stretch through Edmonds and the land area around it. The Highway 99 Subarea Plan, completed in 2017, focused on a community vision and approaches for making long-term improvements to land use and transportation, with an eye to retaining the positive characteristics of many parts of the corridor.

According to a city press release, the Highway 99 Revitalization Project has several goals including:

  • Safety and walkability: Create a safer environment for pedestrians and transit riders by improving sidewalks and adding streetscape improvements.
  • Economic development: Stimulate the economy by attracting and encouraging new businesses, investments, and redevelopment with the creation of a more attractive corridor.
  • Identity: Establish a distinct identity along the corridor supporting existing cultural destinations and amenities and creating a welcoming and attractive environment. A public naming process is being initiated to recognize this area not just as a state arterial, but as a culturally diverse neighborhood. The popular summer evening market is also returning in 2022.

In August 2017, the Edmonds City Council passed ordinances to adopt the Highway 99 Subarea Plan and Planned Action EIS. The city is working with consultant SCJ Alliance to design how the corridor will look and feel in the future. These include both the Highway 99 Gateway — Revitalization Stage 1 and Stage 2. Construction for Stage 1 is scheduled to begin this spring, but the city has not yet responded to our request for details on what that construction involves.

The Highway 99 Gateway-Revitalization Stage 2 project includes a raised center median for access management, a pedestrian crosswalk just north of 234th Street Southwest possibly controlled by High Intensity Activity Crosswalk (HAWK) signal, and gateway signage at the northern and southern entry points to Edmonds.

“No longer will these areas on Highway 99 be neighborhoods you pass through,” Nelson said. “These will be neighborhoods you travel to.”

Move Ahead Washington is a 16-year package that includes $16.8 billion in investments for projects across the state, including  funding for public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian safety, road preservation and maintenance, and climate mitigation. 

For more information about the Highway 99 Revitalization Project, visit www.edmondscorridor99.org.

 

 

7 Replies to “Edmonds’ Highway 99 revitalization project receives $22.5 million from state”

  1. “No longer will these areas on Highway 99 be neighborhoods you pass through,” Nelson said. “These will be neighborhoods you travel to.” Beautifully said Mayor Nelson. Awesome news.

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  2. What great news for our Hiway 99 revitalization project, 22.5 million!
    I’m hoping to hear Mayor Nelson’s plan soon.

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  3. Edmonds neighborhoods actually working together and promoting each other’s amenities. Sounds like a plan.

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    1. Beyond beautifying this area, I’m glad there’s now an initiative to make this stretch of 99 safer for pedestrians! I can’t wait to see 99 after implementing these needed changes.

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  4. I am very excited to hear that the 99 corridor revitalization is happening- I live close to the 99/104 interchange and the 99 has been crying out for improvements since we moved here 15 years ago. The area deserves revitalization support.
    I am a bit weary, however, of the state funding being provided as there are typically strings attached to that money in the fine print and many times those strings are completely unrelated to the project at hand and are politically-driven.
    I’m just not a fan of Jay Inslee or Marko Liias. I suppose the nature of those strings remains to be seen.

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  5. This is terrific news about the investments in this Hwy 99 corridor. Further, there are already plenty of great reasons not to just pass through the area now like, great restaurants, grocery stores, professional services, and other retail. Go now. Why wait years for the government remodel?

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