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Almost $2 Million in Funds Approved for Roundabout at Five Corners in Edmonds

Also approved: Funds for the Fifth Avenue South overlay.

It sure looks like the future of Five Corners in Edmonds will include the controversial roundabout.

(Go to this link for a full list of stories on the project.)

The Puget Sound Regional Council is recommending nearly $2.5 million in funding for projects in Edmonds, part of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by PSRC to improve transportation around the region.

Projects in Edmonds include:

  • from Elm Way to Walnut Street: $551,000
  • , 212th St. SW at 84th Ave. W.; $1,936,500

“These projects were selected on their merits and support the region’s economic development and growth,” said Bellevue councilmember Claudia Balducci, chair of PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board.

“When Congress approved these funds earlier this year, their focus was on growing and sustaining jobs. These projects, large and small, will put people to work and shore up the foundations of our economy for the future.”

PSRC is encouraging public comments on the projects proposed for funding and on the region’s draft Transportation Improvement Program for 2013-2016. The public comment period runs from September 13 through October 25, 2012.

The vote by PSRC’s Executive Board to approve the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program is scheduled for October 25. A complete list of all projects and more information is available at psrc.org.   

How to make a comment:

Mail
Puget Sound Regional Council
ATTN: Kelly McGourty
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-1035

E-mail
kmcgourty@psrc.org

In person
Oct, 11, 2012, or Oct. 25, 2012

Ron Wambolt September 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM
When the feds spend millions of dollars on unneeded projects like the roundabout, it's no wonder our budget deficit continues to grow.
Timothy September 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM
It will make it a safer area to drive thru, as i've seen plenty of cars avoid stop signs.
John Pauls September 15, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Roundabouts make sense. On a 200 mile drive in Sweden, passing through two dozen villages and towns, we had to stop once! Remember, stopping at a stop sign or signal yields zero miles per gallon. Simple rule: yield left.
Priya Sinha September 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
John is right on point on this one. Plus, Federal dollars invested into our infrastructure putting construction workers back to work will boost the economy. When construction goes up the economy starts creeping up. This is stimulus money well spent. BTW, have you seen all of the new tower cranes in Bellevue and Seattle?
Diane B September 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
We should be praising our staff as these dollars if not awarded to us, will go somewhere else. Also, it has been YEARS since the City of Edmonds has reaped in such awards and so we must thank Mayor Earling, Phil Williams, and the staff for all this fine grant writing.
Ron Wambolt September 15, 2012 at 06:02 PM
There are now more grants available because we have an administration in D.C. that's borrowing the money from China to provide them. Priya, why don't you borrow the money to build yourself a mansion - that would also stimulate the local economy. Of course the answer is that you do not need a mansion any more than we need a roundabout at Five Corners.
Priya Sinha September 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Ron, Please provide evidence that supports your statement.
Ron Wambolt September 15, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Which statement?
Timothy September 15, 2012 at 07:17 PM
The Round about was paid in grants by washington DC to improve roads. It will also boost the economy more by getting more jobs here.
Ron Wambolt September 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Nearly $500,000 of the budgeted cost of the roundabout is being paid by the City of Edmonds. If the project is over budget, something that's not unusual, that is entirely an expense for the city.
Glen Jensen September 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Roundabouts are the way the rest of the world works, you get used to them. Coming to a full stop is senseless at 5-Corners and the only way to make this happen safely is to install a roundabout. Check out Woodinville they have installed several of them and they just work. Also, coming to an unnecessary full stop and idling while queued wastes fuel and produces more emissions localized at an intersection. This is a long time coming and this should have been installed long time ago. Also for construction projects now is the best time to get the best value, or you can wait until everyone has their coffers overflowing to commission a project. To wait for a good time, that won't happen. Cities need to work on the practical and the slightly impractical at the same time to keep property values maintained. I'd be happy to be in a city where they were still thinking about esthetics.
Brian Soergel September 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Readers: Thanks for all the comments on the roundabout .... remember, if you feel strongly about any issue concerning Edmonds, I invite you to become a regular blogger...if you have a blog, you can link back to it or just copy and paste to Patch...
Bette Bell September 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Why doesn't anyone get it? We do not have the money, the Federal Government does not have the money. We are broke! Acting responsibly in a crisis seems prudent. If another community wants to do the wrong thing, then so be it, but why can't Edmonds take a lead position, in not accepting money that we are paying 40 cents on a dollar to China in interest ? It has to stop someplace, and being on the brink of a a fiscal cliff, would seem to be a good choice. Is everyone deaf, dumb and blind?
Gary Pugh September 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I read an article on The Patch that city engineers had gathered data to support a grant application for Federal money to build a roundabout at 5- Corners. The data and logic were, in my view, typical humma-humma, with all the latest buzz phrases (greener, lower carbon emmissions, increased pedestrian safety, jobs, etc.) that would leave the casual reader with the feeling that this would be a good thing. After all, the cost of construction would be mostly covered by Federal grant money and we surely could find the money to cover the city portion and any cost over runs. What could possibly be wrong? This was just after we were told that the city is facing daunting budget short falls in coming years. City workers would be offered incentives to terminate their employment, and we were advised that roads may not receive scheduled maintenance, much less improvements. The message being, prepare to hunker-down, tighten our collective belts and reduce spending on anything but essential services. I get that. I support that.Then we're informed the city has won a Federal grant to build a roundabout that many don't want and others don't see as relevant in this economy. Let's save the money we'd need to come up with as our portion of the project, which we can't afford now, and decline the grant, which the Federal Government can't afford. The money we don't spend will be needed later for more essential public needs. Let's show some sound leadership and fiscal responsibility on this.
Shirley Buchanan September 29, 2012 at 06:43 AM
One of the articles called 5 Corners "one of the most dangerous intersections in Edmonds". So really, honestly, how many accidents or deaths have occurred at 5 Corners? Or maybe that was just a statement to get people to think we really NEED a round about instead of just some people WANTING one.

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