Often referred to as the “Highway of Death,” U.S. 2 is slated for safety improvements that will come in the form of a concrete barrier meant to prevent head-on collisions.
According to KIRO, the concrete barrier is planned for a two-mile stretch of U.S. 2 near Snohomish that begins at Bickford Avenue and extends almost to the Pilchuck River Bridge. Additionally, a six-foot median is planned to extend to Fryelands Boulevard in Monroe.
KIRO reports that the improvements will be funded with federal dollars obtained by the U.S. 2 Safety Coalition, a group that has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety improvements along U.S. 2 since 1997. In 2015, the coalition added the four-lane expansion of S.R. 522 to its legislative agenda, calling on the Washington State Legislature to fund the project.
The U.S. Safety Coalition is a volunteer-based, grassroots organization governed by a board of directors. Sultan City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem John Seehuus is a founding member, serving alongside Councilmember Jeffrey Beeler.
Click here to read KIRO’s coverage about the upcoming improvements: KIRO 7 News.