Thursday, September 6, 2018

One more weekend of lane reductions for Revive I-5 – this year

Work postponed due to weather. It will be rescheduled.

By Tom Pearce

I know weekend-long lane closures are a pain for drivers, and we’ve already had five this spring and summer as part of our Revive I-5 program between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle. We have one more scheduled, Sept 15-16, which we hope is the last one we need this year on the I-5 mainline.

We have accomplished a lot during these weekends:
  • Replaced more than a mile of concrete across all lanes.
  • Replaced part or all of more than 30 expansion joints (pdf 937 kb).
  • Replaced sections of the interstate near several bridges.
On the last scheduled weekend, we’ll replace more concrete, complete nine expansion joints and finish a couple of bridge approaches.
Removing and replacing expansion joints takes about two full days – and nights.

Weekend-long closures allow us to complete work on expansion joints that takes too long to do during overnight work during the week. At the same time, we can complete huge amounts of concrete replacement, which would take months to do during weeknight shifts. The paving we completed during weekends would take years to finish if we only did it during overnight shifts. This would greatly increase the cost and limit our ability to work on other important projects.

While this is the last weekend for mainline I-5 lane closures, we still need another weekend to finish work on the northbound I-5 off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Way/Spokane Street as well as the Seneca Street off-ramp. These will have a big effect on people heading to Beacon Hill, West Seattle and downtown, but there are alternatives available. We’ll let you know as soon as we schedule the weekend work.
During a weekend-long lane reduction, crews can tear up and repave more than 3,000 feet of worn concrete.

While weekend-long lane closures are necessary for some work, there are things we can do during shorter overnight hours, like grinding pavement to eliminate ruts and safety barrier work. We have about a year more of this type of work for this portion of Revive I-5. It will be disruptive for overnight travelers, but it won’t affect weekday or weekend travelers.

This project is one of several planned for the next decade to rehabilitate I-5. We have more than 25 additional pavement, expansion joint, seismic safety and other projects on tap. But that’s a topic for another day. Stay tuned!


wsdot hater said...

The new concrete in the right hand lane on I-5 Northbound just as you top the crest of the hill entering downtown, abeam the Express Lane entry ,is extremely rough and needs to be ground smooth. The waves in it make the car bounce. The was a very bad pour and is unacceptable to remain that way for a revived I-5.

George said...

I experience my car bouncing as well traveling on that same stretch of I-5. It's brand new pavement and shouldn't make my car feel like I'm driving on a rocky road

WSDOT said...

Once all of the paving is finished, our contractor will grind the concrete to smooth it. They will also grind other sections that were not repaved to eliminate ruts.

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