What we accomplished in 2019By Frances Fedoriska
With less than two weeks left before 2020, most of our Snohomish County construction work for the year is complete. We want to end the year with a big “Thank you!” to travelers who took the time to stay engaged, planned ahead during closures and made adjustments to help us make safety improvements and complete preservation work. These projects reduce the risk of costly emergency repairs that add time to already long commutes.
Here’s a look at a few of the accomplishments on state highways in Snohomish County that happened in 2019.
US 2/I-5 to Bickford
- We rehabilitated the westbound Hewitt Avenue trestle with fewer weekend closures than the contract required (5 instead of 6). Over the project’s two season’s, weather postponed weekend work more than a dozen times.
- Repaired aging expansion joints
- Fun fact: The 2½-mile westbound trestle required roughly 5,500 tons of new asphalt and enough waterproof membrane to cover almost 7½ football fields.
|The final weekend closure of the westbound US 2 trestle between Lake Stevens and Everett ended Monday, Aug. 6.|
US 2/Bickford to Gold Bar
- Repaved both directions of US 2 between Bickford Avenue near Snohomish and the east end of Monroe
- Installed rumble strips between eastbound and westbound traffic to alert drivers when they drift from their lane
- Built 6-foot medians between Bickford Avenue and the Pilchuck River bridge. In 2020, contractors will install median barriers to further separate the eastbound and westbound lanes.
- Also in 2020, we’ll have a weekend of lane reductions to complete Pilchuck River bridge rehab and will pave US 2 between 88th Street near Snohomish and the west side of Monroe.
|New 6-foot-wide medians were added to separate eastbound and westbound lanes on US 2|
from Bickford Avenue to the Pilchuck River bridge.
SR 9/108th Street Northeast – Intersection Improvements
- Ground down a hill on the west side of the intersection during a weekend closure to improve site distance
- Relocated utilities ahead of the installation of a new roundabout coming in 2020
|Looking west at the new eastbound entrance at SR 9 and 108th Street.|
BST – US 2 Resurfacing
- Resurfacing project, spanning 35 miles on four highways in Snohomish, King and Whatcom counties
- Work included two segments of US 2 near Index and Skykomish
SR 525/526 – Boeing Access Road
- Repaved these sections of two highways near Paine Field
- Repurposed a westbound downhill lane on 84th Street/SR 526 to add bike lanes in each direction in support of Mukilteo’s “By the Way” plan (pdf 14 mb)
- Coming in 2020: Contractor crews will complete asphalt repairs close to the Boeing Future of Flight Museum.
SR 9/SR 204 – Intersection Improvements
- Constructed an additional southbound lane between Marketplace and SE 4th Street
- Completed the first of a three-phase project that will culminate in the installation of intersection improvements at SR 9 & SR 204 at Frontier Village
|Phase Two of the SR 9/SR 204 intersection improvements will add a northbound lane ahead of the intersection reconfiguration, currently scheduled to begin construction in 2022.|
We’re not done!
Starting in spring 2020, we will spend more than $2 million rehabilitating 19 bridge decks between Index and Skykomish. The asphalt on many of these bridges have exceeded their lifespan of 15 years. Further west on US 2, a $3.1 million safety improvement project will add physical barriers between the eastbound and westbound lanes between Bickford Avenue and the SR 9 interchange.
We will continue to deliver projects that keep Washingtonians moving, and hope you remain resolved to staying informed, engaged and committed to sharing important project information with friends, family and co-workers when it comes to critical work happening our highways.