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News from Sam Low

December 2021

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 

November Transportation Improvement Board Meeting

Last month the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) meeting was held here in Snohomish County.  As TIB Chair, it was an honor to introduce my fellow board members to our great county.  We hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 180th ST SE - Phase I Improvement Project. The project was funded through a $4 million TIB grant, a $3 million Public Works Trust Fund loan and Snohomish County Road funds.

Image of Councilmember Low speaking at road project completion.

The completed project expands the three-lane road to five lanes from SR 527 to 23rd Ave SE. As part of this project, the merger of Thompson Creek and Silver Creek was relocated from the north side of 180th St SE to the south side, with each creek flowing beneath 180th St. SE through separate fish-passable culverts. It also added sidewalks, bike lanes, curbs, gutters, and planter strips within the project boundaries. Crews rebuilt the traffic signals at 180th St SE and Brook Blvd and created new stormwater detention and treatment facilities.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for 24th Ave W, 156th St SW to 148th St SW project

At this same meeting Snohomish County was awarded $3.3 Million for the 35th Avenue W, 156th ST SW to 148th ST SW project.  The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board funds high priority transportation projects in communities throughout the state to enhance the movement of people, goods, and services. The TIB is an independent state agency, created by the Legislature, that distributes and manages street construction and maintenance grants to 320 cities and urban counties throughout Washington State. Funding for the TIB’s grant programs comes from revenue generated by three cents of the statewide gas tax.

Community Floodplains Public Comment

Sky Valley Projects Flyer depicting sunset over water

Community Floodplain Solutions (CFS) has extended the public comment period for active and potential projects in the Lower Skykomish River floodplain. Voluntary landowner participation and community support are needed! Your feedback will help further work to reduce flood loss and protect farmland and fish habitat.

Follow the link below to access the map and share your comments:

Potential project areas identified in the interactive map are still under review and not possible without the help of willing landowners.

Learn more at, call 425-262-2443 or email

Public Input Sought on Affordable Housing and Community Development Needs

Information courtesy of Snohomish County Human Services

Snohomish County invites all interested persons to provide input on local community needs for affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services and economic development projects to be funded with 2022 federal grant funds and to provide input on 2020 grant performance.

Snohomish County, in consortium with 19 cities and towns within the County, receives approximately $5 million in federal funds each year under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.  The grant funds help support local affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services, and economic development projects that benefit low-to-moderate income persons and neighborhoods in Snohomish County.

The use of these grant funds is guided by a five-year 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, which establishes goals based on community needs. Each year, Snohomish County, as lead agency of the consortium, is required to develop an Action Plan for use of these funds.  The 2022 Action Plan will cover the period between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.

The Virtual Public Hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

For more information and to participate in the public hearings,  please visit:

Snohomish County will also accept written comments.  Comments may be sent to Debra May at or by mail at Snohomish County Human Services Department – OHCD, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 305, Everett, WA 98201.

For more information, to request a reasonable accommodation, or to request a foreign language interpreter, contact Debra May, Human Services Department at (425) 388-3264 or at

The Snohomish County Human Services Department helps all persons meet their basic needs and develop their potential by providing timely, effective human services and building community.  The Housing & Community Services Division administers a wide range of programs that provide affordable housing, community development, and related services to low-income and homeless persons.

Snohomish County Becomes 3rd Purple Heart County in Washington State

Monday evening the Snohomish County Council unanimously approved a resolution recognizing Snohomish County as a Purple Heart County.  I was proud to bring this forward and show support for our military personnel and veterans. Snohomish County is the third Purple Heart County in Washington State.  It is important for us to recognize all our military veterans, combat veterans, Purple Heart recipients, and their families for the sacrifices that they have made in defending our freedoms. 

You can read more about this at the Lynnwood Times.

Roads Update

Index/Galena Road Construction update

Information Courtesy of Snohomish County Public Works

Snohomish County completed major construction work planned for 2021 on the Index-Galena Rd project between milepost 6 and 7. Construction began in April to repair the final section of roadway that was heavily damaged during flood events in November 2006.

Flood repairs are on schedule for a 2023 reopening of the road. A summary of work completed this year includes:

  • Old roadway and debris removal is 95 percent complete, including in-stream clean-up efforts.
  • Land clearing involving tree and rock removal is complete. Approximately 250 trees were cleared and salvaged logs will be used for mitigation projects.
  • Earthwork including excavation and embankment for the new roadway is partially constructed.
  • Construction of major structural elements is well underway: 
    • Crews completed construction on the vented ford box culvert. This armored culvert rosses through a historical rock debris slide area and conveys a stream underneath the road. It was built to be resilient against future sliding debris.
    • Four six-foot diameter drilled shafts were installed to depths between 70 and 110 feet in the ground to support the future 180-foot bridge near mile post 6.9. The new bridge will provide a reliable crossing for travelers, a nearby launch point for recreational users and more room for fish and wildlife passage.

There will be a winter shutdown and work will resume next spring. The project area remains closed until the road is opened at the end of construction in 2023.

Many thanks to area residents for their patience and work crews for their hard work and diligence through the construction process.

Photo of Index/Galena roadwork


Work Resumes on the SR 9 / SR 204 Project in Lake Stevens

Information Courtesy of WSDOT

Contractor crews from Marshbank Construction are getting back to work on our SR 9 / SR 204 intersection improvements project in Lake Stevens.

Over the next week, workers will be creating an access road needed for the construction of a noise wall. The wall is part of a long-range plan to improve mobility on State Route 9 south of the State Route 204 intersection. Eventually, we’ll add four roundabouts and widen SR 9 to two lanes in each direction.

These improvements will help manage congestion and improve traffic flow, while providing better access to area businesses and improved connections for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and others using the highway.

As we close out 2021, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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