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:

  1. The pedestrian plaza on the south side of 236th Street SW
  2. A new paved pedestrian path through Veteran’s Park
  3. 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.

 Terrace pedestrian plaza will connect Mountlake Terrace Light Rail Station's south plaza to the future Transit Oriented Development, Terrace Station, to the south navigating a considerable slope from 236th St. The plaza is anticipated to include approximately 3,000 cubic yads of fill, 4,500 sf of paved ADA walkways, granite and stone features, a water feature, plantings, irrigation, drainage and handrails, as Terrace Pedestrian Plaza generally shown in the attached conceptual detail.

Terrace pedestrian plaza will connect Mountlake Terrace Light Rail Station's south plaza to the future Transit Oriented Development, Terrace Station, to the south navigating a considerable slope from 236th St. The plaza is anticipated to include approximately 3,000 cubic yads of fill, 4,500 sf of paved ADA walkways, granite and stone features, a water feature, plantings, irrigation, drainage and handrails, as Terrace Pedestrian Plaza generally shown in the attached conceptual detail.

 The trail system will connect the Mountlake Terrace Light Rail Station to the City's Civic Plaza via 58th Avenue West. The trail system will include approximately 3,000 lf of an 8’ wide Asphalt paved ADA path through Veteran’s park. The path will include lighting, handrails and replace an existing 20’ long bridge across a low lying drainage area.

The trail system will connect the Mountlake Terrace Light Rail Station to the City's Civic Plaza via 58th Avenue West. The trail system will include approximately 3,000 lf of an 8’ wide Asphalt paved ADA path through Veteran’s park. The path will include lighting, handrails and replace an existing 20’ long bridge across a low lying drainage area.

 This improvement will extend the pedestrian sidewalk network north into a residential area of the Lake Ballinger neighborhood adjacent to spillover Transit Center parking demand is currently occurring. This project will include the design and construction of sidewalk, curb, gutter, ADA ramp improvements along the west side of 64th Avenue W. from 236th Street SW to 232nd Street within existing right-of-way. Completion of this project would provide a continuous hard walking surface connecting to the future Mountlake Terrace Light Rail Station

This improvement will extend the pedestrian sidewalk network north into a residential area of the Lake Ballinger neighborhood adjacent to spillover Transit Center parking demand is currently occurring. This project will include the design and construction of sidewalk, curb, gutter, ADA ramp improvements along the west side of 64th Avenue W. from 236th Street SW to 232nd Street within existing right-of-way. Completion of this project would provide a continuous hard walking surface connecting to the future Mountlake Terrace Light Rail Station