Quick Work and Great Communication Fast-tracks Roadway Reconstruction Project

35th Avenue 3“The exciting part of this project was to see the development of a real safety project so soon after a Design Report was completed,” shared SCJ Senior Vice President Bob Jewell, PE.

SCJ developed a Design Report for roadway improvements along a 2.5-mile county corridor leading to the Angel of the Winds Casino, operated by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

The initial task for the Tribe was to identify alternative methods to upgrade the roadway to current standards and improve safety. The report detailed solutions, environmental constraints, right of way restrictions and cost estimates. The final product was approved by Snohomish County and provided the Tribe with a plan to improve the entire corridor to their businesses and communities.

The project included an accelerated design for the conversion of 35th Avenue NE into a half-street urban boulevard with curb and gutter, sidewalk and pedestrian amenities along the frontage of the Angel of the Winds Casino property. SCJ led the communication and partnership with Snohomish County, which was instrumental to designing, permitting and awarding a contract within three months.

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SCJ’s Dan Ireland, PE (left) on site during construction

The project also required extensive communication with several utility companies to move all utilities underground. Because the bid price was economical and the project construction was ahead of schedule, the Stillaguamish Tribe was also able to advance a second phase of the project: constructing an additional 600 feet of frontage improvements for the Tribe’s administration in the same construction season along 236th Street NE.

Bob, who was the project manager, added, “There was great satisfaction in seeing the happy faces of the Tribal members for a successful project.”

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