We built a new direct ramp from eastbound SR 522 to eastbound US 2 in Monroe to improve access and traffic flow. We widened SR 522 to four lanes from the 179th Avenue SE overpass to the US 2 interchange. We also added an additional eastbound lane on US 2 from the SR 522 interchange to Chain Lake Rd and an additional westbound lane on US 2 from the SR 522 interchange to Cascade View Drive.
Widening the highway and building a new direct ramp helps improve traffic flow and reduces the risk of congestion-related collisions. Separating eastbound and westbound SR 522 traffic with a median reduces the risk of serious crossover collisions.
The new direct ramp and additional lanes on SR 522 and US 2 help improve traffic flow and relieve congestion at this busy interchange. Previously, drivers headed from eastbound SR 522 to eastbound US 2 had to stop at a signal and turn left onto US 2.
Partnerships & Cooperation
We advertised the project for competitive bidding in April 2010 and awarded the contract to Scarsella Brothers in June 2010, who started construction later that month. On Dec. 17, 2011, we opened the new flyover ramp from eastbound SR 522 to eastbound US 2. We received a lot of positive feedback about the new ramp from drivers. We completed final work on the project in October 2012.
The 2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) provided $23.3 million in funding for this project.
Mary Ann Reddell
WSDOT Project Engineer
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