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Construction Updates for Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties

Updated: Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

This information changes frequently. Please check back often. If a state route is not listed, there are no scheduled closures at this time, although emergency closures may still occur. Travelers can also call 5-1-1 for real-time traffic and weather updates.

Whatcom County

Last update: 8:11 a.m. 10/17
I-5 Nooksack River bridges - painting
Mileposts: 263-264 
 Chris Damitio, Project Engineer, 360-788-7400

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  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 to the morning of Friday, Oct. 17 – One lane of the northbound and southbound I-5 Nooksack River bridges will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for preparation and bridge painting. Drivers should be prepared for slightly narrower lanes. The speed limit through the work zone is reduced from 70 to 60 mph.
  • Sunday, Oct. 19 to the morning of Friday, Oct. 24 – One lane of the northbound and southbound I-5 Nooksack River bridges will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge painting and clean-up. Drivers should be prepared for slightly narrower lanes. The speed limit through the work zone is reduced from 70 to 60 mph.


Last Update: 1:48 p.m. 10/9
I-5: Slater Road ramps roundabout installation
Milepost: 260
Chris Damitio, project engineer, 360-788-7400

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 to the morning of Friday, Oct. 17 – No work that will impact traffic is scheduled.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 24 – No work that will impact traffic is scheduled. This is weather dependent.


Last update: 8:36 a.m. 10/13
SR 539 Lynden Aldergrove Port of Entry improvements
Mileposts: 15 to 15.2 
Chris Damitio, project engineer, 360-788-7400

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 to the morning of Friday, Oct. 17 – One lane of SR 539 will be closed near the border daily from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for electrical and sign bridge work. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone. 

Last Update: 12:21 p.m. 10/14
SR 539: Border crossing
Milepost: 15
Canada Border Services Agency

  • Effective through Winter 2016: Canada Border Services Agency has made changes to its Aldergrove border crossing that could result in back-ups on SR 539. Traffic will be diverted to two lanes west of the current CBSA building. Drivers should consider using the Sumas, Pacific Highway or Peace Arch border crossings to avoid delays.


Last update: 8:11 a.m. 10/17
SR 539 and SR 9 Advanced Traveler Information System improvements
Mileposts: SR 539: 1.73 - 12.54 and SR 9: 96.87 - 98.17
Chris Damitio, Project Engineer, 360-788-7400

  • Monday, Oct. 13 to Friday, Oct. 17 – No work that will impact traffic is scheduled.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 24 – No work that will impact traffic is scheduled.


Last Update: 1:54 p.m. 10/15
SR 542: Tree removal
Mileposts: 46-54
Theo Donk, WSDOT maintenance, 360-788-2500

  • Monday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 24 – Both directions of SR 542 between the WSDOT maintenance building and the Mount Baker Ski Area will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for hazardous tree removal. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.


Last Update 10:57 a.m. 9/18
SR 548: BP West Coast Products
Mileposts: 5.24 and 5.16 
Tom Pearce, WSDOT Communications, 206-440-4696

Contractor crews will be working to improve two access points to the BP facility.

  • No lane closures are scheduled at this time.

Skagit County


Last Update 2:01 p.m. 10/16
I-5: Median Cleaning
Mileposts: 224-229
Mel Reitz, WSDOT Maintenance, 360-848-7230

  • Saturday, Oct. 18 to the morning of Sunday, Oct. 19 – The left lane in both directions of I-5 will be closed between Hickox Road and George Hopper Road from 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday for median sweeping.


Last Update 7:32 a.m. 10/16
SR 20 spur: Median maintenance
Mel Reitz, WSDOT Maintenance, 360-848-7230

  • Friday, Oct. 17 – One lane of eastbound and westbound SR 20 between Fidalgo Bay Road and R Avenue will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for median maintenance. This work is weather dependent.

 
Last update: 10:39 a.m. 10/6
SR 20: Upper Skagit River - Permanent Restoration
Mileposts: 100.6 - 101 
Shane Spahr, WSDOT project engineer, 360-757-5856
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Contractor crews have completed work along the river bank and traffic is back on mainline SR 20.

  • Crews are working along the shoulders. Drive carefully.

 

Island County

Last update: 8:11 a.m. 10/17
SR 532: Davis Slough Bridge Replacement
Mileposts: 2.5 to 3.4
Shane Spahr, WSDOT maintenance, 360-757-5856
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  • Monday, Oct. 13 to Friday, Oct. 17 – No work that will impact traffic is scheduled.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Both lanes of SR 532 from Eide Road to Smith Road will be closed from 2 to 2:20 a.m. to move equipment. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 to the morning of Friday, Oct. 23 – One lane of SR 532 from Eide Road to Smith Road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for piling work. Flaggers will control traffic through the work zone. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

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