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Snohomish County News

News from Sam Low

December 2018

Sam Low's eNewsletter


Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Darcy Cheesman, Legislative Aide 

Transportation Update

This month I met with our regional WSDOT director and Executive Somers to discuss the upcoming improvements to US 2 and interim congestion relief for 522. According to WSDOT, ramp metering at Echo Lake/Fales Road should be completed early next year. We also discussed the second open house in Maltby regarding the Paradise Lake Road interchange.  Below is the most current design presented by WSDOT and you can go to their website to learn more.

map of paradise lake road interchange


A new executive committee has been formed with electeds across the east county area regarding State Route 522.  This is part of an aggressive campaign for this legislative session to work on finishing 522.  Snohomish Tribune had an article highlighting our first public meeting. I invite you to visit the Facebook page Finish522 and share it with others, and you can also find an online petition to sign in support as well.  I am encouraged by the work of our state legislators on both sides of the aisle, the bi-partisan support is necessary to move this problem to the forefront.

US 2 Safety Corridor

Early in 2019 council will have WSDOT present information on its upcoming safety improvements along US 2.  Next year WSDOT is slated to spend 18.9 million along 12 miles of US 2 from Bickford Avenue to just east of Monroe.  I have asked WSDOT to look at adding road dividers/lane barriers in as many areas as possible along this stretch of road. We need to be doing more for the safety of all drivers on US 2.  A more detailed description can be found on the WSDOT website.

Index Galena Update

All permits have been issued for the Index Galena Road project.  However, I recently learned the shoreline permit was appealed to the Shorelines Hearing Board. This was submitted by a group outside of District 5. At this time the project is on hold while the county waits for a ruling from the Board.  A decision is expected from the Board by spring of 2019.  You can learn more here.

Legislative Breakfast

This month Snohomish County Council hosted our local state representatives to discuss our 2019 legislative priorities.   My number one priority continues to be finishing 522.  I worked with council this year to secure county funds to assist the state in finding short term solutions to alleviate congestion in the Maltby area.  At this meeting we discussed the need for the state to move funding forward to complete this project.

Conservation District Supporter

Last month Deven Johnston came to the County Council in support of the Snohomish County Conservation District.  He spoke to the council on how Highland Elementary would like to work with the Conservation District in providing a garden for the students of this school.  I am encouraged when I see our young people getting involved in the political process.

Picture of Council and Deven Johnston

Snohomish County Council members and Deven Johnston

As we come to the end of 2019 I want to say I am thankful I am able to serve the residences of District 5.  This county and district are extremely important to me and I will continue to work hard to preserve our way of life, and that means getting to work and home safely, and more efficiently. If you have any questions/concerns my door is always open.  Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and joyous Holiday season – looking forward to a great 2019.

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