Major Projects / Big Five Projects
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The information below summarizes the "Big Five" major projects of Lake Forest Park that are in the planning, development, or construction phase. The list includes projects from the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program (6-year CIP) that was adopted by the City Council in November 2016.
As part of the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 package, Sound Transit will plan and build a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Lake Forest Park, better connecting the City to the region. It will include a stop at Town Center, 25 blocks of sidewalks along SR 522, and a park-and-ride garage likely in the vicinity of Town Center. This investment presents an opportunity for the Lake Forest Park community to shape the long-term vision for the heart of the City.
The City has made important changes in its approach to the Town Center Plan, including narrowing the project’s geographic scope and putting a greater emphasis on public engagement. Starting in 2018, the City and its Consultant Team will be learning about the community's vision for its future by holding interviews with representatives from a number of Lake Forest Park neighborhoods, hosting Community Meetings, facilitating a workshop series, and hosting public open houses. The Town Center Vision will capture the community's long term interests and serve as a framework to help the City Council develop policies regarding land use, zoning, and connections within Town Center.
Through the Town Center Vision, the community has the opportunity to influence how the City will keep pace with its growing population and set the course for an enduring, transit- and people-oriented Town Center that's consistent with Lake Forest Park's values.
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The City of Lake Forest Park is looking at the two state highways within city limits—Bothell Way NE (SR 522) and Ballinger Way NE (SR 104)—and exploring ways to make them safer, more accommodating to transit, and more walkable and bikeable. Through this process, we hope to accomplish three goals:
- Examine scenarios that improve access and connectivity, while reducing mobility barriers for all types of travel, including pedestrian, bicycle, automobile, and public transit.
- Improve area health and safety by increasing walkability and bikeability.
- Identify needed safety improvements and corresponding remedies.
The City of Lake Forest Park is hoping to make its streets safer for everyone. This includes providing safe connections to transit, the Town Center, the Burke-Gilman Trail, Interurban Trail, parks, and schools. To identify community priorities, the City is leading a public outreach process. Through this process, we hope to accomplish four goals:
- Address key conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
- Develop an enhanced Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that includes specific projects ranked according to priority.
- Conduct a robust public engagement process to ensure the community has ownership in the solutions identified.
- Increase safe connections to transit and amenities.
The Lyon Creek culverts at 35th Avenue NE, NE 185th Street, and SR 104 are undersized and create a barrier to fish passage. With flood reduction grant funds from King County and the Washington State transportation budget, the City is redesigning and replacing these culverts to improve stream health while maintaining critical infrastructure. Another culvert at 178th was also studied and its replacement is being designed by a King County Flood Control District grant.
The Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Plan (PROS-T Plan) is assessing how well the City’s parks, open spaces, and recreational programs are serving the community and proposing improvements to meet evolving needs.