Auburn to get ST funds for intersection fix-its

Auburn to get ST funds for intersection fix-its

Projects to better zip the public to the Transit Station and back

Take a look at the intersections of 3rd and 4th streets Northeast and Auburn Avenue, and 4th Street Northeast and Auburn Way North.

Kinda tight, one could say.

For some time, city leaders have said that all three of those intersection could use pedestrian and signal improvements and new lane configurations to improve motorized and non-motorized vehicle access.

This week, Sound Transit’s Board of Directors agreed, naming the city of Auburn one of 27 jurisdictions in King and Pierce counties that will receive a share of more than $40 million to support projects that make it easier for people to get to the Auburn Transit Station and back.

The awards vary in size from $116,000 for new bike lanes in Puyallup – part of the Pierce County subarea – to $3.7 million for the design and construction of a nonmotorized bridge at 148th Street in Shoreline in the North King subarea.

The money will allow physical improvements at 20 of the projects and help cover project design either fully or in part at the rest.

All of the awards represent the first round of System Access Funds for projects submitted by jurisdictions in Sound Transit’s five subareas.

“These awards will fund projects that remove barriers for existing and potential transit riders and allow them to take advantage of the region’s growing, high-capacity transit system,” said John Marchione, Sound Transit Board chair and mayor of Redmond.

The 2016, voter-approved, Sound Transit 3 System Plan offered System Access Funds for projects such as safe sidewalks, protected bike lanes, shared-use paths, bus transfer facilities, and new pickup and drop-off areas.

The SAF provides $100 million to be allocated equally among Sound Transit’s five subareas for projects that make it easier and more convenient to get to transit. Up to $10 million was available for each subarea in the first round.

Board action completes a process that started earlier this year when Sound Transit solicited proposals from local governments and transit agencies. Sound Transit received 53 applications from 33 jurisdictions totaling more than $86 million in requests.

Sound Transit staff evaluated the project proposals based on policy and technical factors, rating applications high, medium, or low for each factor, and then assigned each project an overall rating of highly recommended, recommended or not recommended.

An online open house last summer that allowed the public to comment on applications received more than 2,600 project-specific survey responses.

Local jurisdictions will implement the selected projects, including planning, environmental review, design and construction. All completed projects will be owned, operated, and maintained by the local government. Sound Transit will enter into funding agreements closer to when local governments are able to advance projects and closely monitor implementation once the agreements are executed.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@auburn-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.auburn-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

file photo
Department of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccination status

WA Verify is intended to make vaccine verification simpler and more efficient.

Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5 on Nov. 22 near Everett. Dan Bates/The Herald
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

Comparison map between current district map and proposed draft. (Screenshot from King County’s website)
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public

Public invited to comment at November 30 public hearing.

Patti Cole-Trindall
King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

Unwilling to let its traditional Santa parade go away without a fight, the Auburn community dazzled young and old alike instead with Jolly Holiday Lane, which took place Dec. 5, 2020, at Les Gove Park. Photo courtesy of City of Auburn
Here are five upcoming holiday happenings in Auburn

Auburn has a host of activities and events to do this holiday season.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Jesse Sarey’s family wants people to know who the real Jesse was

He was killed by Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson in 2019.

Recent Auburn senior center hiking group trip. Courtesy photo
Services at Auburn senior center slowly return to pre-pandemic levels

Senior centers throughout King County reopened this fall, and the services offered… Continue reading

Pierce County Deputies arrest Auburn woman, 25, for suspected drug dealing in Pierce County

The Special Investigations Unit of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department arrested a… Continue reading

City Council approves increase in 2022 budget

The increase will go to previously approved programs as well as new employees.

Most Read