The project was completed in July 2013
I-5 through King County is nearly 50 years old but was only designed to last 30-40 years. More than 250,000 vehicles, of all types, use I-5 each day. These factors combined with Northwest weather have contributed to concrete that is cracked, rutted, and in need of repair.
The following work took place:
- Crews replaced 32 broken concrete panels.
- All four lanes on southbound I-5 between Ravenna and the north end of the Ship Canal bridge were ground smooth by diamond grinders.
- Grinding also happened on two of four lanes between the south end of the Ship Canal bridge (E. Hamlin Street) and just south of Roanoke St. (E. Newton Street).
- We restriped southbound I-5 between Northgate and Roanoke St. and northbound I-5 across the Ship Canal Bridge.
This project ensures that I-5 will last longer and need fewer emergency repairs until funding can be secured for future improvements.
Replacing cracked concrete panels and grinding out potholes and wheel ruts makes for a smoother safer ride for drivers for years to come. Restriping allows for better visibility and further ensuring driver safety.
Extending the life of I-5 reduces the need for emergency repairs, which are costly to taxpayers and can cause unwanted congestion during rush hour.
Partnerships & Cooperation
For funding information: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i5/kinggrinding/
Broch Bender, WSDOT Communications
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