In 2009, the city of Everett, Port of Everett, and city of Marysville prepared a freight access and mobility study to identify ways to move freight more efficiently and support the local economy. The study revealed how congestion on SR 526 between Seaway Boulevard and I-5 negatively affects travel in the Everett area.
In 2017, the Washington State Legislature directed WSDOT to identify improvements to address a variety of issues affecting SR 526 users. To help, WSDOT convened a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) made up of representatives from the cities of Everett and Mukilteo, Snohomish County, Boeing, Community Transit, Sound Transit, Washington Trucking Association, and the Economic Alliance Snohomish County.
WSDOT used Practical Solutions to select an alternative that is both cost effective and meets the established project needs. With the help of the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) and the community, WSDOT used the Practical Solutions process to:
- Identify concepts and develop alternatives
- Evaluate and refine alternatives
- Recommend a preferred alternative
Practical Solutions also prioritizes community and stakeholder input. Seeking feedback from a wide variety of people with different perspectives, areas of expertise, and knowledge of community needs helped WSDOT select the right solutions for SR 526.
Community engagement timeline
- In 2018 we conducted 18 stakeholder interviews with representatives from businesses, organizations and agencies that serve the SR 526 area.
- In 2019 we shared project information with the community at briefings and community events like the Cascade View, Westmont, and Holly National Night Out booth. We also briefed the Mayor of Everett and the Everett City Council.
- From 2018 to 2020, WSDOT engaged the SAG, with representatives from city, county, business and transit representatives to create a project that reflects the priorities of the area and users. This year we completed the project SAG process after selecting the preferred set of improvements.