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Street named after Everett frigate

Kristin Ching
USS Ingraham crewmember, QMC Roberto Hernandez, stands at the future site Ingraham Boulevard, where the City of Marysville broke ground Jan. 22 between 88th Street and 67th Ave. Construction on the new roadway, which will connect Interstate 5 and Highway 9, started last Monday.

Marysville Mayor Dennis Kendall, Councilmember Jeff Siebert, and other City Council members officially broke ground on what will be Ingraham Boulevard at 88th Street and 67th Ave., Jan. 22.

Representing Naval Station Everett, Lt. Cmdr. Aletha Tatge was honored in the ceremony along with USS Ingraham (FFG 61) Ombudsman Linda Crawford and Ingraham crew member, Chief Quarter Master Roberto Hernandez.

Work is set to start Jan. 25 on the $2.9 million Ingraham Boulevard project contracted to SRV Construction of Oak harbor.

“This new multi-lane road connection will allow a safer route between 67th and SR 9, as well as the new high school,” Mayor Dennis Kendall says in a City of Marysville press release. “Ultimately, this will also help better move drivers between the freeway and Highway 9, and help alleviate traffic congestion.”

The new roadway will provide a continuous link for drivers between Interstate 5 and SR 9 with a full four-lane extension of 88th Street NE from 67th Avenue through the Grace Creek basin east to 74th Drive, says Kevin Nielsen, Public Works Director, in a City of Marysville press release. 

Additionally, 84th (Getchell Hill Road) will be realigned to form a new intersection with Ingraham and 82nd Avenue near the entrance to Marysville-Getchell High School, now under construction. Ingraham Boulevard and the high school are scheduled to open in September 2010.

The project is being funded by $2.2 million from the City’s growth management street fund and a $982,737 grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

Crews will also realign Grace Creek and install a fish passage culvert, along with wetland rehabilitation and enhancements.

The roadway is named in honor of the USS Ingraham, a guided missile frigate based at Naval Station Everett that the City adopted in April 1999. The City adopted the ship through the Navy’s adopt-a-ship program.

“It’s been a real boost to our crew while we are deployed to learn that the city is naming a new boulevard after our ship,” said Ingraham Commanding Officer Cmdr. Adam Welter.  “Ingraham has enjoyed a great relationship with the City of Marysville and we appreciate this latest demonstration of the city’s support of our Sailors and their families. We are very proud of this ship and look forward to returning home and seeing Ingraham on the street signs.”

USS Ingraham is currently on a seven-month deployment conducting Maritime Security Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. These operations help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity.

USS Ingraham is expected to return to Everett in April.

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