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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Dave Chesson, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5970 (Burlington)
BURLINGTON – The thump, thump, thump drivers have felt for years on I-5 north of Burlington is gone. And until next spring, gone too are the nightly lane and ramp closures, reduced speed limits and construction disruptions. Crews have put the paving project on hold for the winter months.
Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation repaired and repaved nearly 24 lane miles of northbound I-5 this year between Burlington and Lake Samish, smoothing and preserving the highway for drivers.
Crews will return next year, when the weather improves, to repave the southbound on- and off-ramps, repair two bridge decks, and finish guardrail, signs and lane stripes.
The $20 million project is funded with federal preservation dollars that were saved from other Washington highway preservation projects in 2010, when WSDOT received substantially lower bids on several projects.
Keep an eye on the project website or subscribe for the WSDOT Skagit County newsletter to stay informed about next year’s plans.
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