Eatonville project receives PSRC rural town funding award

New sidewalks, lighting and safer crossing on Washington Avenue North

A $2.1 million grant from PSRC’s rural town centers program will support improvements along Washington Avenue North (Highway 161) in Eatonville.

The project includes new sidewalks with curb ramps, lighting, stormwater drainage and landscaping. A new flashing beacon system will make it safer for people to cross the highway.

Washington Avenue is the busy main road through Eatonville and a popular way for tourists to travel to Mount Rainier in the summer.

Eatonville leaders have been working to create a welcoming downtown consistent with the town’s rural character, improve safety for pedestrians, and support economic development.  

The town previously received $769,927 from PSRC to complete the first phase of improvements to Washington Avenue, including a new traffic signal.

In the 2005, Eatonville was among the first jurisdictions to receive a PSRC Rural Town Center and Corridors grant, which supported a Town Center and Corridor study that set the stage for the Washington Avenue project.