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Million-dollar projects highlight transportation plan

SNOQUALMIE - The city of Snoqualmie's six-year Transportation Improvement Program involves projects as small as replacing a sidewalk on a residential road and as large as building a pedestrian and equestrian State Route 202 bridge over the Snoqualmie River.

The city's public works department presented the list to the community at the July 28 City Council meeting. The council then approved and submitted it to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The WSDOT requires such a list in order for any projects to be eligible for funds from the agency. The list does not guarantee state funding, but it does present to the state the needs of municipalities.

"This is a wish list, more or less," said Snoqualmie Public Works Director Kirk Holmes.

At the top of the list, which spans projects that would be started and completed during 2004-2009, are several sidewalk improvements located in the downtown area. Upgrades to sidewalks along Southeast Beta Street, Southeast Gamma Street, Southeast Delta Street, Schusman Avenue Southeast, Southeast Alpha Street, Southeast Epsilon Street, Euclid Avenue, Falls Avenue Southeast and Southeast Newton Street are all on the list. Most of the projects have start dates in 2004 and costs range between $33,000 to $150,000.

A traffic light at the intersection of SR 202 and River Street is one of the larger projects on the list at $900,000. The upgrade would also include putting left-turn lanes on SR 202. That project is slated to be completed in 2007.

Other big projects include a $885,000 replacement of the of the SR 202 bridge over Kimball Creek, a $1.24-million realignment of Tokul Road, a $1.3-million SR 202 rebuild from Southeast Fir Street to Southeast Newton Street and a $1.5-million pedestrian and equestrian bridge over the Snoqualmie River. Also on the list is a $1.8-million project that would reconstruct 384th Avenue Southeast with pedestrian and bicycle trails from River Street to the southern city limits.

The biggest project on the list is a $1.83-million realignment of Stearns Road from Mill Pond Road to Tokul Creek Road that will eventually connect to a future roundabout on SR 202. The estimated start date for that work is 2007, with a 2008 completion date set.

Holmes said that although many of the projects have start dates for next year, the budget for 2004 will not be finalized until later this year and many priorities will be shifted in the process.

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