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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Highway's history

1883-85

A wagon road is completed from Snohomish to Seattle, running southwest along Seattle Hill Road to the modern-day Mill Creek area and then south and southwest along what's now the Bothell-Everett Highway and Lake City Way. Histories are unclear about when it was extended into Everett. Some old-timers say the route was lined with logs, for use as a logging skid road.

1901-02

Snohomish County's first two automobiles arrive by rail in Snohomish and Everett.

1905-07

Bothell's state representative, Gerhard Ericksen, gets money appropriated to start paving the Seattle-to-Everett route, beginning with a stretch between Seattle and Lake Forest Park.

1908

Snohomish County voters turn down a $500,000 bond measure to pave 92 miles of highways, including the Pacific Highway between Silvana (northwest of Arlington) and the King County line. The Pacific Highway route included the modern-day Bothell-Everett Highway.

1913-14

A stretch of the Pacific Highway between Bothell and Lake Forest Park is paved with red bricks.

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1915

Snohomish County voters approve a $1.8 million bond measure for road-paving projects, including the Pacific Highway from the Skagit County line to the King County line. The route runs through Stanwood, Marysville, Cavalero Corner (near Lake Stevens), Everett and the Silver Lake area.

Nov. 16, 1916

Paving is completed on the entire Everett-to-Seattle portion of the Pacific Highway.

1926

Seattle's Aurora Avenue is extended and paved to the Snohomish County line, and it replaces the Everett-to-Bothell road as the Pacific Highway.

Late 1970s

Everett widens the highway to five lanes between Interstate 5 and 112th Street Southeast.

1980

The state Department of Transportation begins planning an expansion of the two-lane highway.

1991

The highway is widened to five lanes — two in each direction, with a shared left-turn lane — between 228th Street Southeast and 208th Street Southeast. Cost: $5.6 million ($8.6 million in 2006 dollars).

1993-97

The highway is widened between 208th and 164th streets southeast. Cost: $18.8 million ($26.2 million in 2006 dollars).

1998-2005

Bothell uses mitigation funds from commercial developments to widen a three-quarter-mile stretch of the highway south of 208th, and it widens a short stretch near its southern terminus.

2003-04

The widening continues north from 164th to 132nd Street Southeast. Cost: $27.8 million ($31.6 million in 2006 dollars).

2004-06

The final stretch, between 132nd and 112th streets southeast, is completed. Cost: $21 million ($22.4 million in 2006 dollars).

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