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SR 96 - I-5 Interchange Vic to SR 9 Vic - Paving & ADA Compliance

A small map of the paving project on 6.62 miles of SR 96 from I-5 near Mill Creek to SR 9 near Snohomish. View larger project map

A small picture of SR 96/128th Street Southeast at McCollum Park near Mill Creek. SR 96/128th Street Southeast at McCollum Park near Mill Creek.

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March 2017

  • This project is scheduled to be advertised for competitive bidding in March 2017.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2017.
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Contractor crews will grind and repave 4.74 miles of State Route 96 from Interstate 5 near Mill Creek to East Lowell-Larimer Road at Larimer's Corner. They will also chip seal 1.88 miles of existing pavement on SR 96 from Larimer's Corner to SR 9 near Snohomish, continuing onto Broadway Avenue from SR 9 to Springhetti Road.

The project also includes the installation of a curb in the median at 12th Drive Southeast to increase driver safety by restricting left turns at the intersection.

In addition, the northbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at SR 96 will be repaved, along with the southbound I-5 on-ramp. Dozens of pedestrian ramps will also be rebuilt to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Why is WSDOT paving SR 96?
With up to 45,000 vehicles using SR 96 daily, the pavement is worn out with ruts and cracks that can lead to potholes. SR 96 was last paved between 1996 and 2003. Asphalt is generally intended to last 15 years. Sections of asphalt have been heavily repaired, but the surface continues to deteriorate.

In addition, SR 96/128th Street Southeast passes over a former landfill at McCollum Park. As the ground settles, dips have formed in the pavement. WSDOT maintenance spends about $25,000 to $30,000 a year to keep this stretch of road as smooth as possible. While this project does not include stabilization work and reconstruction of the roadbed through the area, crews will grind down the ridges between dips to create a smoother surface before paving over this section of roadway.

The End Result
This project will provide drivers with a smoother, safer ride on SR 96. New pavement will preserve the life of the roadway and reduce maintenance needs.

Project 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 ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps make it easier to access the sidewalk from the street.
  • Economic: Paving reduces the need for emergency pavement repairs, which are costly to taxpayers and can cause additional congestion during peak commute hours.

What is the project timeline?

  • March 2017: Project is scheduled to be advertised for competitive bidding.
  • Summer 2017: Construction is scheduled to begin.
  • Early 2018: Construction is scheduled to be complete.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 109601B, 109601C, 109641B, 109641C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $7,603
CWA $0
Total $7,603

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

How can I get more information?
Justin Fujioka

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