SR 9 - SR 204 Intersection Improvements - Stakeholder advisory group

The Stakeholder Advisory Group represents the City of Lake Stevens, Snohomish County, businesses and transit. The group serves two primary functions:

  • Advises the project team on developing and evaluating design options that meet the needs of their communities 
  • Provides local expertise, identifies concerns and keeps their constituents informed about project activities

Practical Design Process

WSDOT worked with the community through a process referred to as practical design. An important part of practical design is engaging the public to ensure the project is meeting community needs. The process is used to find a final design that reflects public input. In order to reach a decision, the project team looks at the following:

  • What are the issues?
  • What are the possible solutions/options?
  • How well do the options work to solve the problem?
  • What can be done to make the good options better?
  • Can all of us support the best option?
  • Final stakeholder recommendation. *We are here

The Stakeholder Advisory Group reviewed multiple design options which were presented to the public at open houses in 2017. Once public feedback was received and the design options were reviewed, the group came to a consensus on a preferred alternative design option in August 2017. However, during the design phase, the project team conducted surveying that included looking at underground subsurface conditions and groundwater levels. The groundwater level turned out to be just nine feet below the surface. This meant that the cost, materials and overall feasibility of the preferred alternative needed further review.

Re-evaluating the design in fall 2018 allowed for further innovation and cost savings through practical design – all while staying true to the project’s purpose, need and traffic performance. The team reviewed a widening option and a roundabout option. The revised roundabout design provides better overall benefits than either the widening option or the original alternative (E2B-V4), which called for a grade separation, without the added time and expense brought on with the groundwater issues.

Continuing with the project’s strong tradition of public input and engagement, the SAG members asked for further review of the roundabout design, which WSDOT did earlier in 2019 in the form of a business forum in January and a public open house in March. The SAG met in April to discuss feedback from the public and was supportive of the roundabout design overall, but they wanted to see further design refinements. The project team refined the design further and the group met again in June. At the June meeting, the SAG gave their consent to move forward with the roundabout design as the new preferred alternative. 

A brief summary of meetings and progress is listed below. 

  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 1 (Aug. 16, 2016) Objectives: Review project goals, timeline, and funding; and define roles and responsibilities.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 2 (Oct. 26, 2016) Objectives: Define the project need, and establish how to evaluate project design options. 
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 3 (Dec. 6, 2016) Objectives: Discuss the project area background and environment, review initial design options, and select 16 concepts for WSDOT to study. 
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 4 (Feb. 1, 2017) Objectives: Finalize the project need statement, review findings of WSDOT’s initial design study, and recommend five options for additional study.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 5 (April 27, 2017) Objectives: Review analyses and agree on ranking of five design options, recommend three options with additional refinements to advance and prepare for public review and input at the open house.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 6 (June 20, 2017) Objectives: Review design concept analyses, agree on rankings and narrow concepts to two for further consideration. Team shared property and business owner input, and reported on second public open house.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 7 (July 20, 2017) Objectives: Review updates to design concepts, performance rankings; discuss design concepts and estimated costs; agree on stakeholder recommendation.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 8 (April 18, 2018) Objectives: Review the design-build project delivery method, update the SAG on design refinements and project schedule, and highlight construction traffic strategies.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 9 (Dec. 5, 2018) Objectives: Share project updates and challenges and review new alternatives and collect input from SAG members.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 10 (April 4, 2019) Objectives: Share feedback from businesses and the public regarding project alternatives and provide an opportunity for the SAG to weigh in on the updated recommended alternative.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting 11 (June 19, 2019) Objectives: Review the refined roundabout design and gather SAG consent for the preferred alternative.