Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spring makeover coming to US 2 between Everett and Lake Stevens

All lanes of westbound US 2 between SR 9 and I-5 will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 to 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

By Frances Fedoriska

The three miles of US 2 between the I-5 interchange in Everett and Bickford Avenue in Lake Stevens are getting a critical makeover and travelers should prepare for six weekends of westbound lane closures.

If you've driven this area recently, your tires have told you about the dire state of the asphalt on this stretch of US 2. It's riddled with potholes, gaping cracks and ruts and it needs some help.
Westbound US 2 between Everett and Lake Stevens needs some significant repairs and they're happening this spring.

So starting this spring, our contractor crews will remove the old pavement on the westbound lanes, including the Hewitt Avenue trestle. The pavement is 16 years old, outliving the projected lifespan of 12-to-15 years. Once the battered asphalt is removed, the trestle will be inspected. Any needed repairs will be made to the structure before a new waterproof coating is applied to prevent our harsh PNW weather from corroding the rebar and from water moving down into the concrete bridge deck. Only after all that can the new layer of buttery smooth asphalt be applied.

Crews will also improve almost two miles of the eastbound lanes from the US 2/SR 204 interchange to Bickford. Because the eastbound trestle is made of newer concrete, there's no repaving happening there so no full weekend closures eastbound are needed.

Tentative westbound US 2 weekend closure dates
  • May 18 – May 21 POSTPONED due to weather
  • June 1 – June 3 POSTPONED due to weather
  • June 22 – June 24 POSTPONED due to weather
  • June 29 – July 1 POSTPONED due to weather
  • July 13 – July 16 COMPLETED
  • July 20 – July 23 COMPLETED
  • Aug. 3 – Aug. 6 COMPLETED
  • Aug. 10 – Aug. 13 POSTPONED due to weather
  • Aug. 17 – Aug. 20
  • Sept. 7 – Sept. 10
  • Sept. 14 - Sept. 17
This work is weather-dependent and closures may be rescheduled if it rains.

Why weekend closures?
The need for six weekend closures comes down to size and time constraints.

First up, size. The trestle is too narrow to accommodate construction work, machinery and keep a lane open while still keeping the crews safe from traffic rushing by. Due to the width of the trestle, and to avoid any unnecessary wear and tear on the bridge, crews will use an asphalt removal method called "hand grinding." I pictured people on their hands and knees sanding down the roadway, but that can't be further from the truth. Instead, they'll use a smaller loader to pop up and scrape off the old asphalt. Think of it like removing tiles from the floor of a kitchen or bathroom, but with giant equipment and not hand tools.
No, hand grinding doesn't involve us using hand tools. Instead, a small loader pops up and scraped off old asphalt.
(above and below)

Now to that pesky thing called time. All the preparation work and repairs our crews have to make before pouring new asphalt takes far longer than the seven hours we get in a typical overnight closure.

What we need from drivers

Roughly 2,600 drivers use westbound US 2 every hour on the weekends. State Route 9 and 20th Street Southeast are the primary detours for our weekend closures. Both routes are single-lane and can't absorb all these displaced drivers without creating lengthy backups.

Think about your upcoming weekend plans and whether you could:
  • Carpool.
  • Move discretionary travel to a non-construction weekend.
  • Adjust westbound travel to be during non-peak hours (before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.).
  • Plan to stay overnight at your destination so you're traveling during non-peak hours.
Overnight closures
This is a big job, so in addition to the weekend closures westbound, we will also need to shut down some lanes in both directions of US 2 during this project:
  • Overnight work in the westbound lanes of US 2 is scheduled to end by 5 a.m. on weekdays.
  • Overnight work in the westbound lanes of US 2 is scheduled to end by 8 a.m. on weekends.
  • Overnight work in the eastbound lanes of US 2 is scheduled to end by 7 a.m. on weekdays.
  • Overnight work in the eastbound lanes of US 2 is scheduled to end by 9 a.m. on weekends.
Stay updated
There are several ways to stay updated on the work and the schedule:
We appreciate you taking the time to plan ahead, know alternate routes and being an engaged community member. You're taking the right steps to prevent being stuck in traffic, and you're minimizing congestion for your neighbors as well.


Elissa Casey said...

I've seen various times listed for westbound lanes re-opening on weekdays. Is it 4 am, 5 am, or 9 am on weekdays? Thanks!

Mark and Amanda said...

Could concrete be used to last longer? Or is asphalt just the best value overall when considering cost versus service life and replacement?

WSDOT said...

Elissa -
For the six continuous westbound US 2 weekend closures, the westbound lanes will close at 7:00 p.m. Friday night and reopen at 4 a.m. Monday morning.

For overnight lane reductions and closures on US 2 the schedule is:
•Overnight work in the westbound lanes of US 2 will end by 5 a.m. on weekdays.
•Overnight work in the westbound lanes of US 2 will end by 8 a.m. on weekends.
•Overnight work in the eastbound lanes of US 2 will end by 7 a.m. on weekdays.
•Overnight work in the eastbound lanes of US 2 will end by 9 a.m. on weekends.

There are additional parameters for the ramps to/from westbound US 2 to northbound I-5, westbound US 2 to/from southbound I-5, etc.

The noise flyer that arrived in mailboxes the week of April 23 was all encompassing. As you can see from the lane reduction reopening times listed above, the work and range of times varies greatly. The flyer was strictly giving a range of overnight hours when there is the potential for noise moving forward on this project.

Unknown said...

Will there be a lane open at all for westbound travel mon-fri?

WSDOT said...

The westbound lanes of US 2 will only be completely closed during six weekend closures.

Those weekends are tentatively scheduled:
•May 18 – May 20
•June 1 – June 3
•June 22 – June 24
•June 29 – July 1
•July 13 – July 15
•July 20 – July 22

Those weekend closure hours of the westbound lanes will be from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday. These dates are weather dependent. Eastbound paving will happen during overnight closures and do not require any full weekend closures.

The majority of the work on the westbound lanes of US 2 will happen during overnight lane reductions which will start at 8 p.m. and end by 4 a.m. the next day.

An overnight lane reduction means work will be happening in one lane, and it will be closed to traffic. The other westbound lane will remain open for overnight travel.

WSDOT said...

Mark and Amanda
Our Bridge and Structures office decides which materials to use on which roadway. Concrete costs more, and is not as easy to repair as the asphalt we use. The faster we can patch a pothole or remedy another similar roadway issue, the quicker we can get the traveling public moving.

Katrina Santjer said...

Thank you

MNM Bach said...

What is the closest route to get to the hospital from lake stevens during these closures at night

MNM Bach said...

Can you please list the alternate routes coming from Lake Steven's to Everett

WSDOT said...

MNM Bach, the approved detour routes for the full westbound weekend closures of US 2 are linked on the "Project detours" tab of the project page:

Blog readers can also click on the "primary detours" hyperlink in the article above.

View a larger version of the detour route (pdf 817 kb) being used for the first four weekend closures.
View a larger version of the signed northbound detour route (pdf 933 kb) drivers will be using during the last two of the six westbound weekend closures. These are tentatively scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 13 – 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 16 and 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 20 – 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 23.
View a larger version of the signed southbound detour route (pdf 997 KB) drivers will be using during those last two of the six westbound weekend closures.

While those are maps are of the official signed detours that will be used during the weekend closures of westbound US 2, we do encourage drivers and people who live on the east side of the US 2 Hewitt Avenue trestle to explore alternate routes in the days and weeks ahead of the six closures.

WSDOT said...

MNM Bach, during the full weekend closures of the westbound US 2 Hewitt Avenue trestle, drivers will use 20th Street under the trestle as the detour route. It will be reversed during the full weekend closures to be a westbound road. Drivers will then go up the ramp onto the far west end of US 2 and be able to access Everett via the I-5 interchange from that point.

View a larger version of that 20th Street detour route (pdf 817 kb)

MNM Bach said...

Thank you so much for the information! I appreciate it!

MNM Bach said...

Thank you so much for the quick response!

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