This project was developed to address congestion on a section of SR-527 between 164th Street SE and 132nd Street SE. SR 527 highway passes through downtown Mill Creek.
Purpose & Need
Top of Noise Wall Steps Mirrored with Retaining Wall
This project was developed to address congestion on a section of SR-527 between 164th Street SE and 132nd Street SE. SR 527 highway passes through downtown Mill Creek. This route serves as the main north-south gateway to the city. Rapid commercial and residential development in and around the city of Mill Creek has strained the existing highway's capacity. In the design of the project, the city requested that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) meet the city's design standards, which are more stringent than WSDOT's own standards.
This project is located in a suburban area north of the city of Everett. Rapid development is occurring in both the commercial and residential land uses. The city is located near environmentally sensitive areas with a number of creeks and wooded areas running through the city. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is currently limited throughout the corridor, but growth in pedestrian and bicycle traffic is expected. The project is classified as urban, although the highway maintains a rural feel with tree-lined roadsides.
Initial Design Concept
To relieve congestion and increase capacity and mobility, SR-
527 will be widened to five lanes with a bicycle lane in each
direction. Work items include walls, drainage, wetland
mitigation, and traffic signal modifications.
The project has funding from WSDOT and the city of Mill
Creek. WSDOTs budget for the original concept was about $26
million. As part of the mitigation for creek impacts, WSDOT
contributed $150,000 to the city for the Penny Creek fishpassage
culvert retrofit project.
The city of Mill Creek reflected its commitment to the project by
contributing some construction costs.
- Community collaboration
- Funding for the project
- Construction under traffic
- Environment impact
- Public participation
- City contributed more money
- Work with contractor to lessen
- Work on design elements without
- Communication with other
Added Capacity & Noise Walls, SR-527