Given that Southeast Fourth Street will serve as the main transportation corridor through the city’s much-anticipated Town Center, the city is doing its best to make sure the roadway meets both public expectations and traffic engineering standards. To that end, the city is holding its second open house on June 22, 6-8 p.m., at Sammamish City Hall. An earlier opportunity for residents, engineers and public officials to exchange ideas was held on Jan. 28. With several projects already under construction inside the city’s Town Center planning area, improvements to Southeast Fourth Street are a top priority.
“The City Council will review all of the public input as we consider a final design,” City Manager Lyman Howard said. “Unless some significant obstacles arise, we hope to begin construction late this fall or in early 2017.”
Currently a two-way road without sidewalks, Southeast Fourth Street will likely be expanded to include one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane or median, bike lanes, planter strips and sidewalks. The choice between a turn lane and a landscaped median with turn pockets is a key decision that still needs to be made. The improvements will stretch west from 228th Avenue to 218th Avenue.
The preliminary cost estimate for the 3,300-foot-long improvement project is just over $12 million. That figure will cover right-of-way acquisition, design and construction. A $4 million grant from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board will be applied toward construction.
“Of course, as we hear what our residents have to say about the various design options, that price tag could change a bit,” Howard said. “That $12 million estimate could go up or down a bit.”
Prior to those improvements, the city will close Southeast Fourth Street so the Sammamish Plateau Water District can install new water and sewer mains. The closure is expected to begin shortly after July 4th and last about three weeks.
The Town Center plan provides a development framework for 240 acres in the geographical center of the city. The intersection of 228th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Fourth Street divides the planning area into four quadrants. The plan’s regulations are intended to produce a mixture of retail, residential, recreational, commercial and public spaces, all bound together and fed by a network of pedestrian-friendly pathways.
“The community’s vision calls for a town center where residents can live, work, socialize, go shopping and have fun,” Howard said. “These improvements to Southeast Fourth Street are going to help make all of that possible.”
The three projects already under construction are:
- The Village at Sammamish Town Center – This 6-acre project will feature a Metropolitan Market, 159 apartments, plus retail and commercial space.
- Southeast Village – This 4.5-acre site will provide 75 townhomes (including 13 live-work units) and 6,500 square feet of commercial space.
- Plateau 120 – Built on a 2.84-acre site, this apartment development will feature 92 units built by American Classic and 14,515 square feet of office space.
For more information about the proposed improvements to Southeast Fourth Street, click on the link below.