Frequently asked questions
Why California Street?
Everett City Council adopted the Bicycle Master Plan in 2011, which identified California Street from West Marine View Drive to the US 2 trail at Hewitt and Chestnut as a tier 1 priority project (Everett bicycle master plan, facility ID T1-C1 and T2-C).
The City applied for and was awarded, through a regional competitive grant process, federal congestion management air quality (CMAQ) funding for the design phase of the California Street bicycle and pedestrian corridor between Broadway and US 2. The City is currently in the planning and design phase, supported by a consultant team.
What is the online open house?
Developing a project that significantly alters an urban street is a process that includes a range of planning, engineering and environmental considerations. Gathering and incorporating public feedback is one of the most important parts of project development and an important factor in the identification of a feasible preferred alternative to meet the project goal.
At this stage of project development, and in consideration of the evolving public health guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate the online open house to be the only public outreach.
Future stages of the project, as detailed engineering design progresses, will include other public outreach opportunities with a mix of online and in-person events as public health guidance allows.
When will the project be built?
The project is currently seeking public feedback on design alternatives in late 2021. The selection of a preferred alternative for the project is expected by early 2022. The selection will be based on public input, best practices for safety and multimodal transportation and context-specific engineering criteria. Completion of the environmental permitting process and detailed engineering design of the preferred alternative will occur in 2022. We will apply for state and federal competitive grants for construction and hope to begin construction as early as 2024, depending on when funding is secured.
How will the public feedback be used?
Identifying a preferred alternative to meet the project goal involves considering a wide range of planning, engineering and environmental factors. Gathering and incorporating public feedback is one of the most important parts of project development and an important factor in the identification of a feasible preferred alternative.
The concepts presented in the online open house are feasible options the City prepared to help guide the public discussion. The City intends on revisiting all of the concepts after reviewing the public’s input and modifying as necessary, within the constraints of other factors such as impacts to the right of way and adjacent development, impacts to traffic, safety, best practices for multimodal corridors, and compatibility with other planned and programmed transportation improvements in the vicinity.
I need help or am having trouble with the survey!
If you need help, would like a paper copy of the survey, or want to request reasonable accommodations or translations, contact:
Christina Anna Curtis, P.E.
Associate Engineer | Public Works
425.257.8855 | 3200 Cedar Street, Everett, WA 98201