Key Priorities

The Mayor and City Council have identified several key priorities for the City to focus on in the next several years. The list includes large-scale transportation infrastructure investments too big to fund at the local level, and other capital funding needs.First among priorities is the Interstate 5/SR 529 interchange expansion project.
I-5/SR529 Interchange
Transportation funding: $50 million
This project would complete the current half interchange by constructing a new I-5 northbound off-ramp to SR529 and new southbound on-ramp from SR529 to I-5. The project will reduce congestion at the interchange of I-5/ SR528, which was identified by  WSDOT as a high-accident location. Additionally, the project would allow traffic to avoid at-grade crossings with the BNSF mainline, which causes significant delays to the surrounding road system. The City has completed a preliminary design, started environmental review and obtained federal approval of the Interchange Justification Report (IJR) to move the project forward. The project is now fully funded under the Connecting Washington Program, approved by the Washington State legislature during the summer of 2015. The Washington State Department of Transportation will now take over the remainder of the project, with an anticipated construction start date in 2019. [large map]
I5-SR529 Figure
I-5 Northbound Peak Use Shoulder Lane (Marine View Drive to SR 528)
Transportation funding: $34 million
The project will provide for northbound hard shoulder running during peak congestion on Interstate 5 from Marine View Drive to SR 528. The project is fully funded under the Connecting Washington Program, approved by the Washington State legislature during the summer of 2016. Preliminary work on the project is estimated to begin in 2018.

I-5/88th St NE Interchange


Transportation funding: $36 million


The project will convert the Interstate 5 and 88th St NE interchange to a full Single Point Urban Interchange. The project is fully funded under the Connecting Washington Program, approved by the Washington State legislature during the summer of 2016.

I-5/156th St. NE Interchange

Transportation funding: $42 million


The project will convert the recently completed 156th St. NE overcrossing at Interstate 5 to a full Single Point Urban Interchange, thereby improving access to North Marysville, Lakewood and Smokey Point employment centers.  The project is fully funded under the Connecting Washington Program, approved by the Washington State legislature during the summer of 2016.  Preliminary work on the project is estimated to begin in 2025.