Friday night closure marks milestone for highway widening project
MONROE – Drivers who regularly use State Route 522 near Monroe will notice a change this weekend. Beginning Friday, Jan. 17, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will shift traffic from one side of the highway to the other as part of the SR 522 widening project.
The transition from one side of the highway to the other will occur over a half-mile stretch, so drivers won’t feel like they’ve gone through a time warp. Drivers heading east toward Monroe will begin shifting to the left shortly after crossing over the Snohomish River Bridge. Westbound SR 522 travelers will begin moving to the right just west of the 179th Avenue Southeast Bridge. Traffic barrels and concrete barrier will help direct drivers onto the new lanes.
To complete the shift, contractor construction crews will close both directions of SR 522 between US 2 and Fales/Echo Lake roads from 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 to 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Drivers can take alternate routes or follow a detour via US 2 and SR 9. In addition, the following ramps will also be closed:
• the US 2 ramp to westbound SR 522
• the 164th Street Southeast/West Main Street ramps to both directions of SR 522
• the Fales/Echo Lake roads ramp to eastbound SR 522
“The traffic shift is a milestone in the widening project,” said project engineer Mary Ann Reddell. “Getting this switchover done now means that crews can work on the existing road to complete drainage work and the roadway repairs for the other side. Work on the new Snohomish River Bridge will continue throughout the winter and spring as well."
When construction wraps up on the $128.8 million SR 522 US 2 to Snohomish River Bridge project in late 2014, the wider highway will reduce congestion and the risk of collisions for the nearly 28,000 drivers who use it each day. The project adds a lane in each direction of SR 522 between US 2 and the Snohomish River Bridge. The new four-lane divided highway will feature six new bridges, a center median to separate eastbound and westbound traffic, new highway lighting, drainage and stormwater treatment ponds.
For more project information and photos visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR522/Widen/SnoRiver_US2/