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Everett eyeing $1.35M to expand bike paths east of Broadway

Everett eyeing $1.35M to expand bike paths east of Broadway

Two cyclists head east along the U.S. 2 trestle path Saturday in Everett. The bike connection from there into downtown could get easier in a…

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Two cyclists head east along the U.S. 2 trestle path Saturday in Everett. The bike connection from there into downtown could get easier in a couple of years. (Ryan Berry / The Herald) Everett thinks it has the missing link for people who want to bike, roll or stroll to and from downtown.

The city is considering a $1.35 million project to design and build bike-only paths , bike signal crossings, and sidewalks on Fulton Street between California Street and Pacific Avenue. The stretch, under half of a mile, would connect Everett’s existing and planned bike lanes on California Street to Everett Station and the U.S. 2 trestle pedestrian path.

“This project fits in well with other nearby non-motorized amenities,” said city engineer Tom Hood last week during a presentation to the Everett City Council .

Initially city staff envisioned the Fulton Street project as being some signs and pavement markings. But Everett got grants that let them “significantly” expand its scope, Hood said.

Most of the project’s money comes from Federal Transportation Alternatives Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grants. The city is using $350,000 from its street improvements fund as matching funds, too.

The council is expected to vote on the project Wednesday.

“I’m definitely really supportive of enhancements to our built environment just to protect our bicyclists and our pedestrians,” District 2 Councilmember Paula Rhyne said.Tyler Rourke, the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee chairperson and a regular bike commuter, said he’s glad to see small projects like this. But he wants […]

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