S. Machias Road / Machias Cutoff Intersection Improvements

January 2019 Update

From January to March 2019, utilities will be doing intermittent utility relocation. This will cause intermittent single-lane closures. 


To reduce delays and improve traffic operations, Public Works is planning improvements to the S. Machias Road and Machias Cutoff intersection in the Lake Stevens / Snohomish area. This project includes widening and realigning the roads leading up to the intersection, new signalization at the intersection, and the incorporation of Centennial Trail into a new crossing at the proposed signal. The project will also include new stormwater facilities.

This is one of many projects the departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation are collaborating on. For more information on the Centennial Trail, visit the Parks & Recreation webpage.


  • 2016-2018: Design, survey, environmental review, right-of-way acquisition
    • The process of developing road projects takes several years. Many factors must be considered, including: location of homes; public right-of-way; stormwater runoff, drainage and water quality; wetlands and buffers; hilly terrain; sight distance; soils; traffic volumes; accident history; vehicle and pedestrian access; location of utilities; and information that residents provide about the area.
  • 2019-2020: Construction

Environmental Review

The county has completed an environmental review of the proposed project area in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

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