Construction will continue in Bothell this summer as the city makes progress on its downtown revitalization projects. The planned development includes several apartment complexes, McMenamins hotel and brewpub, several road projects and more. Although road construction will cause congestion, "the outcome of that will be well worth the inconvenience from construction," Bob Stowe, Bothell’s city manager, said.
The Bothell Crossroads project, located where SR 522 and Main Street converge, will change the route of SR 522, moving it to the south to improve traffic congestion and increase safety. Connecting streets — NE 180th Street, 98th Avenue NE and Bothell Way -—will be extended to reach the new highway. SR 522 will have some daily lane closures and night work throughout the summer, and the project will be complete by fall.
Another project on SR 522 will add a bus transit lane, sidewalks, landscaping, street lighting and more to the portion of the road called Wayne Curve, at the western border of Bothell. The project will require some lane closures, which will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or at night, but will be done by September.
A portion of Bothell Way, from SR 522 to Reder Way, will be converted into a European-style boulevard beginning this summer. Instead of the current configuration of sidewalks next to traffic, the boulevard will have parking separating pedestrians from traffic.
Bothell Way will also add extra lanes to the road with tree-filled medians in the center. The project will connect old and new developments and encourage buildings to face the street rather than facing inward, Stowe said.
"It’ll be a dramatic transformation in our downtown," he said. "It’ll build on some of the great attributes of and characteristics we have in our downtown ... It’s going to be a really exciting, vibrant community downtown."
Another project on Bothell-Everett Highway, from 240th Street SE to 228th Street SE, will improve traffic flow by adding lanes, making a total of two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane, in addition to a traffic signal, sidewalks and bike lanes. Construction will start in July and take about a year to complete, so drivers should allow extra time to travel through that area.
Bothell’s road work is an example of the "horizontal" development — or infrastructure investments — the city has done to attract "vertical" construction, such as private businesses, retail and housing, Stowe said.
The 104, an urban-style apartment building featuring 115 units, will be the first of several new apartment complexes in Bothell. The 104 is located near the UW Bothell/Cascadia campus and will open in August.
The apartments, parks and other buildings planned for Bothell will help the city expand, Stowe said.
"We’re building the next 100 years for our town," he said.