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67th Ave. project nears completion BY KIRK BOXLEITNER kboxleitner@marysvilleglobe.com

ARLINGTON — The 67th Avenue Final Phase Project is itself in its final phases, as construction crews work to complete the remaining infrastructure on the street, its sidewalks and its intersections. “We’ve got two operational lanes now,” Project Manager Eric Scott said. “That’s asphalt on all lanes,” said Bill Blake, who serves as the city’s project liaison. “No more gravel roads.” Gene Abel, owner, Construction Ted’ s Custom Upholstery crews are still installing the sidewalks and driveways on the east side of 67th Avenue, after weather challenges in December and January caused the delays of cement and paving work that the city had expected to complete by the end of 2013. “We’re still on time and on budget, though,” said Blake, who expects that both the roadway and Centennial Trail will be

“This will be a boon to the entire economy of Arlington.”

SPORTS: Arlington grapplers head to Mat Classic. Page 12

SEE 67TH, PAGE 2

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Telecom Technician Ron Konch shovels gravel provided by Brian Warnock on the west side of 67th Avenue on Feb. 19.

Council approves environmental review for UGA expansion

SPORTS: Lakewood wrestlers move on to State. Page 12

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BY KIRK BOXLEITNER kboxleitner@marysvilleglobe.com

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Paul Ellis, community and economic development director for the city of Arlington, explains the process of expanding the city’s urban growth area to the City Council on Feb. 18.

ARLINGTON — The Arlington City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, Feb. 18, to approve an environmental review for a proposed Urban Growth Area expansion for the city. Paul Ellis, community and economic development director for the city of Arlington, explained that all the cities of Snohomish County are updating their

comprehensive plans to coincide with the county’s updated comp plan by next year. “This is part of a long process,” Ellis said. “If we expand the UGA, then 152 acres on the west side of the freeway, just north of Marysville, could eventually come into the city, if the property owners agreed to have it annexed. Before that can happen, though, these environmental and traffic studies need to be conducted, to make sure there are no adverse impacts.”

Ellis reported that not only Arlington, but also Everett, Stanwood, Sultan and Granite Falls are among the five cities in the county that are proposing changes to their urban growth areas, which he acknowledged usually means growing those UGAs. “All of the reviews for those proposed UGA changes are incorporated into one large county study, but each SEE UGA, PAGE 23


Arlington Times, February 22, 2014