A traffic light at the intersection of Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way is one step closer to reality after the county council unanimously voted Tuesday night to pay an Everett-based firm to design and engineer the $2 million project.
The council voted 6-0, with Kathy Kershner absent, to pay Reid Middleton Inc. about $176,000 to complete the preliminary engineering necessary for county public works to put the project out for bid later this year. Construction work on the intersection is expected to begin in the summer of 2012.
The county will pay the project manager from Reid Middleton about $36,000 over the course of the engineering work; the equivalent of approximately $225 per hour.
The intersection of Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way, now a four-way stop, will get an overhead traffic signal system and lane revisions that include 12-foot wide through lanes, 6-foot paved shoulders and dedicated turn lanes. Burlington Northern/ Santa Fe will also make modifications to the nearby railroad crossing.