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Fifth time’s the charm? Perpetually postponed US 2 weekend closure set for Aug. 3-4 near Everett

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 05:55

Frances Fedoriska, communications, 206-440-4690

Plan ahead for massive backups in Snohomish County, surrounding areas

EVERETT – There is a belief that washing one’s car prompts a rainstorm. While it’s not science, when it comes to finally starting this summer’s US 2 trestle work, it can’t hurt to stack the deck by thinking twice about any cleaning plans. Crossed fingers wouldn’t hurt either.

The fifth attempted closure and work on westbound US 2 between State Route 9 and Interstate 5 is now scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, to 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5.

People following the Washington State Department of Transportation’s rehabilitation of the westbound Hewitt Avenue trestle know clear skies are a must. Bone-dry weather is necessary to remove old asphalt, make any necessary repairs to the structure and then repave the western end of the highway between the Snohomish River and I-5 in Everett.

So far this summer, rain has postponed the work – and related closures – four times.

  • June 22-23 – Rained .04 inches on Friday, June 21
  • June 29–30 – Rained .02 inches on Friday, June 28
  • July 13–14 – Rained .50 inches on Thursday, July 11
  • July 20-21 – Rained .13 inches on Friday, July 19

Why dry weather is needed

After old, crumbly pavement is removed, a waterproofing material is put down to protect the trestle deck from the elements. That material won’t properly stick to the bridge deck if there is any moisture 24 hours prior to – or during – construction.

Keeping traffic moving

Detour routes for the project will shift all travelers onto SR 9. The single-lane highway is already near capacity, and it can’t successfully accommodate every vehicle displaced from US 2. To help keep traffic moving, and prevent large backups that occurred last summer, people should consider altering westbound travel plans during this weekend closure.

If the rain, rain won’t go away

If weather postpones the work yet again, three backup weekends are tentatively scheduled, each calling for closures from 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday. The backup weekends will be taken in order:

  • Aug. 10-11
  • Aug. 17-18
  • Aug. 24-25

Other work on US 2

A second preservation and safety project continues between Bickford Avenue near Snohomish and Gold Bar. New pavement, wider medians and repaired and replaced expansion joints will keep the highway in good condition and able to support the 40,000 people currently using this stretch of US 2 daily as well as future population growth.

Farther east, a resurfacing project on US 2 near Index and Skykomish is in its final phase. Travelers can expect lengthy backups and delays of up to 45 minutes during weekday construction.

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