This project will improve mobility and reduce congestion for people and goods on the busiest corridor in the region, Interstate 5. This project supports manufacturing/industrial center nearby at Paine Field and supports the regional growth center in Everett. According to PSRC’s vision 2040, six percent of the freight trips from and to manufacturing/industrial centers and regional growth centers have origins/destinations to Canada, and all of these truck trips (11,000 trucks a day) pass thru this interchange on I-5. The second busiest truck stop between Seattle and Canada uses the I-5/116th ST NE Interchange.

The proposed improvements at this interchange will increase freight mobility on the I-5 corridor from all manufacturing/industrial and growth centers in the region.

Additionally, many satellite businesses which the regional centers and manufacturing/industrial centers rely on for support utilize this interchange and the I-5 corridor. Satellite businesses and sites include Boeing facilities, Military facilities, and many other businesses that keep these centers thriving. The City of Marysville is home to 60,000 residents that work at or support businesses within regional centers of Everett and manufacturing/industrial center of Paine Field.

Approximately 15,000 trips to/from these centers occur at this interchange. This project improves mobility on this most important corridor and supports the economy of the greater Puget Sound Region.
The new 116th Interchange will have significant positive impacts on local and regional employment opportunities and economic growth. This is particularly important, as the northern Snohomish County area is more economically distressed than other areas of the Puget Sound Region.
This is demonstrated by higher than average unemployment rates and lower than average incomes compared to other areas of the Puget Sound region.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Tulalip tribal members have a poverty rate that is over double the U.S. average, and median household income (MHI) is 76 percent of the U.S. average. According to the FHWA (42 U.S.C. 3161 ), the Tulalip Indian Reservation is classified as an “Economically Distressed Area,” with poverty rates more than four times the Snohomish County average, and median household income at only 60 percent of the county average. The economic turndown in 2008 only exacerbates these community problems Additional details can be found in the Job Creation and Economic Stimulus section of this application.

The project is expected to unlock significant economic activity. The direct impacts consisted of 7,000 direct jobs, all in Snohomish County. These consist of 1,338 jobs in the retail trade sector, 3,321 jobs in the manufacturing sector, and 2,314 jobs in the transportation and warehousing sector. These direct jobs correspond to $131 million per year in retail output, $1.2 billion in manufacturing output, and $412 million in transportation and warehousing output.

Direct income to retail workers is $54 million per year, to manufacturing workers is $331 million, and to warehousing workers is $147 million. Indirect impacts result from the directly-affected businesses purchasing goods and services from other businesses within the region. The indirect impacts amount to 3,129 additional jobs, $657 million in output, and $215 million in income within Snohomish County. Indirect impacts occur, to differing degrees, in all economic sectors.

Induced impacts result from employees of directly and indirectly affected businesses spending their incomes. The induced impacts amount to 3,547 additional jobs, $467 million in output, and $168 million in income within Snohomish County. Like indirect impacts, induced impacts occur in all economic sectors.

Total impacts are the sum of direct, indirect, and induced impacts. For Snohomish County, total impacts are 13,676 jobs, $2.9 billion in output, and $914 million in income.

The new 116th Interchange will provide several significant and more convenient new transportation options for residents and businesses throughout Snohomish County, the City of Marysville, and the Tulalip Indian Reservation. These new transportation options will contribute to reduced congestion and GHG emissions, and for the first time, offer safe and adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities for area residents and visitors to move between the east and west sides of I-5 without resorting to the automobile.

You can read about the project in it’s entirety here – http://www.psrc.org/assets/8083/Tulalip_Tribes-_I-5_116th_St._NE_Interchange-Web.pdf?processed=true

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