The ceremony in this morning’s drizzle involved flipping a ceremonial switch to activate a traffic signal at Martway and Broadmoor in Mission. But the signal represented much more than just a new traffic light. It symbolized the turnaround of the intersection in the last three years.
Three years ago, Mission Mayor Laura McConwell said, the intersection was one of the most “awkward and unattractive” in the city. An empty shell of an industrial building and a worn-out parking lot sat to the southwest of the intersection, McConwell said, speaking from the new bus enclosure near the corner.
Today, the mayor pointed out, Martway has been reconstructed west to Metcalf and revitalized east to Lamar and beyond, streetscape improvements surround the intersection (lighting, sidewalks, trees, benches), the Mission Crossing retail project is in place, the first on-street bicycle lanes are in place, new bus shelters are open, and the Metcalf trail has been extended from 61st to Martway.
Still to come is the Aspen Village senior housing project and the city’s new pocket park, all to the southwest of the intersection. The new traffic signal was put in service this morning to make traffic flow better in the area and mark the conclusion of the Martway improvements this year. McConwell said traffic had been disorganized and even dangerous before the improvements.
All of the improvements took cooperation from multiple government partners and private investment, McConwell said.