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Union Mills Road
Improve safety for all users and accommodate planned growth along Marvin Road Corridor
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The purpose of this project is to improve safety and mobility for all users and accommodate planned growth along the Marvin Road Corridor.
What are the planned improvements?
What are the exact limits of the project?
The limits of Marvin Road being evaluated in this corridor study are from Pacific Ave south to Mullen Rd. The project length is approximately 3 miles.
Will cars travel faster when the project is completed?
The project design is not intended to increase vehicle speeds. The introduction of an urban roadway section including curb and gutter, landscaping and sidewalk and adding intersection control at 15th Ave, Union Mills Rd, and 19th Ave will typically result in reduced speeds. Vehicle speed reduction at the intersections would be dependent upon the preferred alternative that is advanced.
Why are the improvements at Marvin Rd and Mullen Rd being constructed first?
The traffic analysis shows that the level of service at Marvin Rd and Mullen Rd intersection drops below minimum standards before any other intersection along the corridor when development traffic is introduced to the corridor.
What are the plans for the BNSF railroad crossing at Union Mills Rd and Mayes Rd?
Thurston County is coordinating with BNSF for approval to convert the crossings to be “exempt”. Exempt status does not require school buses to stop at the crossing. These types of crossings are reserved for situations with very few train events.
What is planned for pedestrian and bicycle facilities?
Each alternative will address bicycle and pedestrian access, and provide bike lanes and sidewalks through the limits of the corridor improvements.
Does the project have any environmental impacts?
Environmental investigations are underway, and will be advanced further after preliminary design of the preferred alternative is complete. Stormwater treatment will be improved through the project limits.
What improvements are Oak Tree Preserve responsible for along Marvin Rd?
No, but it may be reduced to one lane at times. Drivers should expect delays throughout construction. Priority will be given to emergency services. We very much appreciate the patience of drivers and area residents while this important public safety project is completed!
Where are the Lacey City Limits?
This project is located within the City of Lacey unincorporated urban growth boundary. The City of Lacey’ current zoning map can be found at:
Will sound walls be constructed as part of this project?
Noise walls are not planned to be installed. Noise and other environmental impacts will be evaluated as part of the permitting process.
What is the planned schedule?
Have pocket gophers been identified within the project limits?
Initial pocket gophers surveys have been completed for the corridor improvements, and have only been found near the Mullen Rd intersection. Thurston County Planning and US Fish and Wildlife agencies will conduct additional required surveys to evaluate the site for pocket gophers.
Will water or sewer utilities be considered as part of this project?
Thurston County is working with the City of Lacey to evaluate if there is a need for water or sewer utility construction.
Please contact City of Lacey for further information – Brandon McAllister (BMcallis@ci.lacey.wa.us) or 360-413-4386
How much wider will the roadway be?
The corridor roadway section will consist of one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane or median, 5’ bike lane, sidewalk, illumination and planter strip. Actual dimensions will vary based upon corridor constraints (e.g., railroad crossing), preferred alternative and overall budget.
Does this project require any permits or undergo environmental review?
Yes, Thurston County Public Works is required to obtain the following reviews and permits: State Environmental Permit Act Review/Approval (Thurston County)
Will the County need to purchase any of my property?
Once the preliminary design of the preferred alternative is complete the design team can evaluate the potential need for additional right of way.
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Public Open House
Follow-up Public Meeting held with stakeholders to:
Address questions from stakeholders and obtain additional feedback to be considered as the preferred alternative design is advanced
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION
* The intersections under evaluation in this study did not meet signal warrants. Additional information on signal warrants is available upon request.
ROUNDABOUTS WITH ACCESS CONTROL
Roundabouts at 15th Ave SE and 19th Ave SE, and access control at Union Mills Rd
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Note: Potential alternative diagrams are for illustration purposes only and are not to scale.