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I-5 pavement-repair work north of Burlington back in action after winter break

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Date:  Thursday, July 05, 2012

Contact: Dustin Terpening, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5997 (Burlington)

Nightly lane and ramp closures resume July 9

BURLINGTON – Clearer skies and warmer weather are back – and that’s good news for Granite Construction crews working to repair and repave Interstate 5 between Burlington and Lake Samish. The dry, warm weather means crews can finish the job they started last year for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Starting the week of July 9, late-night and early-morning drivers will see construction crews at work between the Cook Road (exit 232) and Nulle Road (exit 242) interchanges. Crews will close lanes and on- and off-ramps overnight while they complete work stalled by last year’s wet weather. Work is expected to wrap up by September.

“We’ll work mostly at night so that we can avoid delays and backups for drivers,” said Patrick Fuller, WSDOT project engineer. “But there will be a lot of ramp closures and detours, so it’s important that drivers stay plugged in with the project so they don’t get stuck unexpectedly.”

Crews will repair and repave southbound ramps, replace guardrail, signs and lane stripes along the north and southbound ramps, and repair two northbound bridge decks.

During the first week of work, crews plan to close ramps at the Bow Hill Road, Cook Road and Lake Samish Road/Alger interchanges. Drivers can bookmark the project website, or subscribe to the Skagit County newsletter to stay informed on closures.

Last year, crews repaired bridges, smoothed worn and bumpy surfaces, and replaced guardrail posts along 12 miles of northbound I-5 between Burlington and Lake Samish.

The $20 million project is funded with federal preservation dollars that were saved from other Washington highway preservation projects in 2010, when WSDOT saw substantially lower bids on several projects.

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