SR 526 - Et Al 5th Ave Vic to I-5 - Paving, ADA Compliance & Expansion Joints

Project News

  • Construction began in June 2017.
  • Work is scheduled to be complete by summer 2018.
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Contractor crews have ground and repaved State Route 526/Boeing Freeway in Everett from west of Evergreen Way to Southeast Everett Mall Way. They are also ground and repaved all four ramps at the Evergreen Way interchange and portions of several ramps at the Interstate 5 interchange.

In addition, five expansion joints on the northbound I-5 flyover ramp to westbound SR 526 are being replaced this year. Crews are also improving nearby sidewalk ramps to create better connections for people all abilities.

Needs & Benefits

The pavement on this stretch of SR 526 is showing its age with ruts and cracks, which can lead to potholes. Asphalt generally lasts about 15 years. This area was last paved in 1985. Sections of asphalt have been repaired, but the surface continues to deteriorate. Repaving is necessary because the highway is a primary route to the Boeing Everett factory, averaging up to 78,000 vehicles a day. This project produces several benefits:

  • Safety: Improving the highway surface eliminates and helps prevent future potholes, cracks and wheel ruts where water can collect. This gives drivers a safer, smoother ride. Reconstructed sidewalk ramps at intersections create better connections for people of all abilities.
  • Economic: Paving reduces the need for emergency pavement repairs, which are costly to taxpayers and can cause additional congestion during peak commute hours.

What to expect

While most of the work can be completed through nighttime lane and ramp closures, some overnight full highway closures are needed to keep crews and the traveling public safe. Due to limited shoulder space, there is not enough room for construction crews and traffic to safely share the road in some areas. Drivers can expect:

  • Up to six full closures of all westbound lanes.
  • Up to three full closures of all eastbound lanes.
  • Up to three full closures of Southeast Everett Mall Way.

Westbound and eastbound closures will not occur at the same time.


  • March 2017: Project was advertised for competitive bidding.
  • April 2017: Project was awarded to Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC.
  • June 2017: Construction began.
  • Summer 2018: Construction is scheduled to be complete.


Financial Data for PIN 100543C, 152605A, 152605B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $4,506
CWA $0
Total $4,506


Tom Pearce