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Concrete leveling work means closures, detours in Lynden, Burlington and Marysville

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 14:56

Andrea E. Petrich, communications, 360-757-5963
Nicole Daniels, communications, 260-440-4479

Work on SR 539, I-5 at SR 20 and SR 529 starts in late July, early August

BURLINGTON – A smoother trip is coming for travelers in three northwest Washington counties, but lengthy highway closures and detours must happen first.

Washington State Department of Transportation bridge and maintenance crews are teaming up with a contractor crew from URETEK USA to lift concrete and stabilize bridge approaches in the following areas:

  • State Route 539 over the Nooksack River Bridge, south of Lynden
  • Southbound Interstate 5 on- and off-ramps at SR 20, in Burlington
  • SR 529 over Ebey Slough Bridge, in Marysville

This work will raise the concrete more than six inches in some areas and remove the dip that many drivers experience while traveling these stretches of road.

Closure and detour information
Crews will start work in Whatcom County before moving south to Skagit and then into Snohomish County.

Southbound SR 539 (affects Aldergove Port of Entry to Bellingham access)

  • The highway reopened to traffic earlier than expected at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
  • The southbound lanes of SR 539/Guide Meridian Road between the River Road and Wiser Lake Road roundabouts will be closed from 4 a.m. Monday, July 31, to 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4. A detour will be available via Birch Bay Lynden Road to southbound I-5.
  • Those using the SR 539/Aldergrove Port of Entry to head toward Bellingham will want to consider an alternate border crossing during this highway repair. The detour will add an additional 8 miles of westbound travel to trips toward Bellingham

Southbound I-5 at SR 20

  • The southbound I-5 off-ramp to SR 20 will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.
  • The SR 20 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.
  • ​Travelers should use George Hopper Road to access or exit southbound I-5 during this work.

Both directions of SR 529

  • Both directions of SR 529/State Avenue over the Ebey Slough Bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly, Aug. 7-10. Travelers should use SR 528 and I-5 to get around this work zone.

What will happen during these closures?
Crews will set up traffic control to create a safe work zone, then drill holes in the concrete panels and pump a polymer substance into the holes. As that material expands, it stabilizes and lifts the concrete to eliminate bumps and dips in the roadway. Following the lifting process, WSDOT maintenance crews will repave the approach to create a smooth transition from the road onto the bridge.

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