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

Project News

  • Crews improved lane markings in early December.
  • Work on this project is on hold until spring 2019.
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Contractor crews have grinded and repaved 4.74 miles of State Route 96 from Interstate 5 near Mill Creek to East Lowell-Larimer Road at Larimer's Corner. They also did chip seal on 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 included 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 were repaved, along with the southbound I-5 on-ramp. Dozens of existing pedestrian ramps also were rebuilt to provide a smoother transition between the sidewalks and crosswalks.

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.

Needs & 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 create an easier transition between street and sidewalk.
  • Economic: Paving reduces the need for emergency pavement repairs, which are costly to taxpayers and can cause additional congestion during peak commute hours.


  • October 2017: Project is scheduled to be advertised for competitive bidding.
  • Spring 2018: Construction is scheduled to begin.
  • Summer 2019: Construction is scheduled to be complete.


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) $8,210
CWA $0
Total $8,210


Marqise Allen
WSDOT communications