Construction begins on the Edmonds International District stretch of SR 99

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Ground breaking for the highway improvement project took place earlier in September. (Photo from the City of Edmonds)

Construction on the SR 99 Edmonds International District Enhancements Project began on Thursday, Oct. 4. The $662,000 project is funded though federal Highway Enhancements grants and will provide improved illumination and enhanced visibility for the Edmonds International District commercial district, as well as create a visual gateway for the area.

The project elements include replacing 14 existing cobra head light poles with decorative poles and enhanced pedestrian level lighting. Seven of the pedestrian light arms were created by artist Pam Beyette, and all of the poles will have banner signage identifying the Edmonds International District. A sculptural piece will be installed on the nearby traffic island.

“The project was originally developed to implement recommendations from the City of Edmonds 2004 study of SR99, which noted the opportunity to provide stronger visual identity for a unique cluster of international businesses along this stretch of the highway,” said Stephen Clifton, economic development director of the City of Edmonds. “This in turn could encourage economic development and vitality within the district.”

The project has been in the planning stages since 2006 and is expected to be completed in late 2014. (end)

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