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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Contact:
Matt Unzelman, Project Engineer, (360) 867-2335 or TCPWprojects@co.thurston.wa.us 

Thurston County Hosts Open House on Mullen Corridor Improvements
Public invited to learn more about the upcoming two-year construction project

OLYMPIA – Construction on a mile-long stretch of Mullen Rd., located between Timberline High School and Carpenter Rd., is slated to begin January 2020. Thurston County is inviting the public to learn more about the project during an open house, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the Timberline High School Commons.

What: Open House on Mullen Corridor Improvements Project
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Timberline High School Commons, 6120 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503

“We anticipate significant travel impacts during the 2-year construction window- especially during morning and afternoon commute hours,” said Project Engineer Matt Unzelman.

In order to complete work on the roadway, large sections will be reduced to a single lane during construction, requiring alternating traffic and causing delays for drivers. 

“The purpose of the project is to improve pedestrian and driver safety. We know construction will be an inconvenience. But when complete, it will improve safety, traffic flow, reduce congestion and accommodate future growth,” added Unzelman.

Unzelman, along with a group of county staff, will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information about travel impacts at the October open house. 

Project Information
Mullen Rd. is used by nearly 12,000 vehicles each day. It is also traveled daily by bicyclists and pedestrians, and is a primary walking route for students attending Timberline High School, Lakes Elementary, and Woodland Elementary. The project includes a widened road with dedicated bicycle lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks along with a new roundabout at Mullen Rd. and Carpenter Rd., and a left turn lane on to Mullen Rd. at Glen Terra Dr. Environmental improvements are also part of the project and include the construction of a box culvert for a stream under Mullen Rd to improve flow to Pattison Lake.

The Mullen Rd. Corridor Improvement Project is made possible through a partnership between Thurston County and the City of Lacey, along with additional funding from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board and the Federal Surface Transportation Program.

More information about the project, including frequently asked questions and funding details, can be found on the Thurston County website at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/Project_MullenRd.html 

To request disability accommodations for the October 9, 2019 open house, call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay:  711 or 800-833-6388.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3