After just over a year of pretty much constant construction, intermittent traffic backups, limited parking and business owners feeling like it might never end, it appears the Downtown Snoqualmie Infrastructure Improvement Project is just about complete. All that is left is for a few more plants to go in the ground.
And you know what? It looks great. More power lines have been moved underground. Utilities have been upgraded. A beautiful boardwalk was added in front of the Snoqualmie Depot. A much-needed large, designated crosswalk was added right in the middle of the business district. A connected walking path now stretches from River Street to Northern Street now. And there are benches throughout to stop, rest and take in the scenery.
Yes, I know the back-in, angled parking is still weird to many, but I am holding out hope that it works out. Thanks to all you patient Valley residents for enduring the traffic, noise and construction.
Oh, and the remodel of the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory & Cafe is also complete and looks great – and its floor to ceiling chalkboard wall offers lots of fun for the kids. The longtime, iconic Railroad Ave store/restaurant was closed for about three months for renovation and reopened in mid July.
In the end my hope is that this latest downtown renovation keeps rejuvenating the historic Snoqualmie area. I love driving through. I love stopping. There are great restaurants and shops with wonderful, local owners who have invested money and energy into the vision that is the historic Snoqualmie business district.
Stop by and visit why don’t you!
Here’s a few photos of the finished renovation