ARLINGTON — With construction well underway on 67th Avenue NE during the week starting April 15, Arlington Assistant City Administrator Kristin Banfield warned motorists to keep road safety and time management in mind when driving the stretch of 67th Avenue NE between the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Hall and Museum to the south, and the 76 gas station and convenience store to the north.
“Construction crews are going to be working heavily in that area for the next week to two weeks at the least,” Banfield said. “The first week, they moved the sign for the Pioneer Museum back from the road. This week and the next, almost all of their work is going to be underground on new water systems, new fire hydrants and new storm water drainage.”
To that end, Banfield explained that both lanes of 67th Avenue NE have shifted to the east side of the road between Cemetery Road to the south and 211th Place NE to the north.
“Folks who don’t always drive on 67th Avenue might be a little bit surprised by that,” Banfield said. “On occasion, that stretch of road will be reduced to one-lane traffic so commuters who choose to use that route should be aware that they’ll need to factor in additional travel time. If you’re really in a hurry, 67th Avenue is probably not your best choice between the hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays anyway.”
Although most of the construction crews’ work during this time won’t be visible, Banfield emphasized that it is no less important to the restoration and improvement of the road.
“We’re trying to put in these new lines so that we won’t have to tear up a new street right away to repair anything,” Banfield said. “We have had to do that in the past, and it is the worst nightmare which is why we’re taking care of all these lines at the same time right now.”
In the meantime, Banfield hastened to remind motorists and pedestrians alike that just because the side of the street is torn up, it doesn’t mean that the businesses and other establishments along that stretch of road have closed up shop.
“The merchants in that area remain open and they would love to see you walk through their doors,” Banfield said. “In addition to a number of coffee shops, Hubb’s Pizza and the 76 gas station are still serving customers, and I know the one storage place on that block is still open.”
To keep the community informed throughout construction, the city has set up a project website at www.67thAve.org and will provide regular updates through the city’s e-newsletter. The public can also email questions to 67thAve@ArlingtonWA.gov or call the project information line at 360-594-2425.