The City of Shoreline will be breaking ground on the last section of its Aurora Corridor (SR 99) project in January.
Since 2007, the city has been working on redeveloping three miles of SR 99 that run through the heart of Shoreline.
PSRC has awarded the city $19.9 million for the Aurora Corridor project since it began.
The goal of the project is to promote economic development, and improve safety, traffic flow, transit speed and reliability, aesthetics, and environmental quality.
Changes to the last portion – 192nd to 205th — will include a landscaped median with left and U-turn pockets, new sidewalks, street trees, lighting, underground utilities, and natural stormwater treatment features.
Because this section of Aurora has steep grades, the project will build six large retaining walls.
To enhance the appearance of these structures, the city will incorporate green screens – low maintenance plants that will grow on and cover the walls.
Shoreline’s Aurora project is one example of the kinds of regional projects that have competed successfully for federal funding managed by PSRC. The region is expected to receive about $240 million annually through federal transportation programs.
In March 2014, PSRC will announce a new “call for projects” to compete for the region’s federal funds.