City identifies paving Veteran's Trail, 236th Plaza for Sound Transit funding
As part of the Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension, Sound Transit has approved the set aside of funds meant to help local jurisdictions with access enhancement projects surrounding the future light rail stations. For the City of Mountlake Terrace the amount that Sound Transit has set aside for access enhancements is two million dollars.
The agreement with Sound Transit includes the requirement for a 50/50 match for the enhancement funds. The City has identified non-motorized improvements associated with the Main Street Revitalization project that will serve at our required match.
The projects that the City has identified for potential use of the Access Enhancement funds are:
- The pedestrian plaza on the south side of 236th Street SW
- A new paved pedestrian path through Veteran’s Park
- Sidewalk improvements along the west side of 64th Avenue
It is likely that the first two projects listed (Pedestrian Plaza and Veteran’s Trail) will expend all of the eligible funds, but in the case there are fund remaining the City is including possible sidewalk improvements on 64th.
Sound Transit is requiring that all of the projects need to be completed before the start of light rail service and city staff beleives theyt will have no problem completing the projects prior to 2024.