Second Street Project
The City of Snohomish has a $323,000 Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Grant from Washington State Department of Transportation to plan and design pedestrian and bike safety improvements on Second Street. The project area is from Highway 9 to Lincoln Avenue, within the City’s Second Street right- of-way.
Draft designs for Second Street improvements show:
- Sidewalk benches and lighting
- Bulbouts at intersections to reduce pedistrian crossing distance and vehicle speeds
- Center median with landscpaing
- Street plantings and stormwater infiltration
- Bike lanes
See image below for draft concepts of Second Street design.
Second Stree Project Goals
Reduce crashes, expand mobility
Second Street has the most recorded accidents within the City limits in the last 10 years. There have been 327 reported crashes, including one fatality and 88 serious injuries. The speed limit is 30 mph.
As the City’s primary east-west roadway and truck route, Second Street serves local and regional traffic. Approximately 20 percent of Second Street traffic is cut-through (primarily to/from the south and west); meaning no stops within the City.
Because of its accident history, level of service, and sight distance concerns, the City’s Transportation Master Plan identified Second Street for corridor upgrades to improve motorized as well as non-motorized users with multimodal facilities and serve as an example of complete streets in the City.
Encourage physical activity
The City’s Comprehensive Plan encourages the built environment to provide a means for physical activity among its residents. The Comprehensive Plan encourages a combination of safe, convenient and comfortable facilities for walking.
City environmental goals include minimizing the effects of development on water quality and flooding, maintaining a high level of air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These goals are achieved with the use of pervious surfaces, water capture, non-motorized travel, and tree-planting.
Second Street History
Second Street was a part of and linked the City’s historic commercial and neighborhood center. The local street then became the ‘Everett-Monroe Highway’ and later United States Highway 2 (US 2), US 2 lead to its development as a commercial corridor with varying compatibility with surrounding land uses.
Many of Snohomish’s visible historic roots and walkable properties were lost as a part of highway development. The City’s history continues to play an important part in the life, appearance, and physical organization of the city. Snohomish citizens are dedicated to preserving its heritage and unique historic character.