US 2 - Bickford Ave to Gold Bar - Paving & Joints & Improvements & ADA

Project news

  • This project requires overnight closures of both directions of US 2 between State Route 9 and Bickford Avenue:
    • High Impact: Sunday, June 9, to the morning of Wednesday, June 12 - Westbound lanes closed 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly.
    • High Impact: Sunday, June 9, to the morning of Wednesday, June 12 - Eastbound lanes closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.
  • A full list of all project-related closures is on the Snohomish County construction page.
  • This project requires two weekends of lane reductions on the Pilchuck Creek bridge.
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Overview

In 2019, WSDOT will spend $18.9 million on safety improvements and preservation efforts along nearly 25 miles of US 2 from Bickford Avenue to Gold Bar. As part of this project, contractor crews with Granite Construction will also repair and repave nearly 1 mile of State Route 9 at the junction with US 2.

Needs & benefits

Roughly 40,000 drivers travel US 2 between Snohomish and Monroe every day. In the last three decades, Snohomish County’s population has exploded by 137 percent. Another 200,000 people are expected to move here by the year 2035. Safety improvements must be made to keep the highway in good condition as the number of people using US 2 increases.

  • New pavement: The asphalt on this stretch of US 2 has outlived its anticipated 15 year lifespan. Most of the pavement hasn’t been updated since 1998. Through the decades, cracks, ruts and potholes have developed. These make the roadway uneven, allowing water to pool and reducing tire traction. This causes drivers to slow down to handle the slick conditions, which increases travel times. Removing the old, worn out asphalt and replacing it with new pavement will provide safer driving conditions and extend the life of the highway.
  • Wider medians: Contractor crews will build medians to separate the eastbound and westbound lanes. The medians will range in width between four feet and six feet and will extend from Bickford Avenue in Snohomish to the vicinity of the Pilchuck Creek bridge. Rumble strips will line the medians and make a loud noise when drivers start to drift. A second, separate project will install a physical barrier in these new medians. That project is currently scheduled for some time in 2020.
  • Bridge expansion joints: Two expansion joints original to the Pilchuck River Bridge will be replaced. The bridge, just east of South Machias Road in Snohomish, was built nearly 40 years ago. The bridge will be open during repairs, but reduced to just one lane over one summer weekend.
  • Repaving bridges: In addition to work on the Pilchuck River Bridge, crews will also make necessary repairs while repaving the bridges over French Creek, Farm Road and Woods Creek. Repaving and repairing our existing highways and bridges reduces the need for emergency repairs which can be costly to taxpayers and cause additional congestion if the work must be done during peak commute hours.
  • Improved intersections: Sidewalk ramps at the intersections of US 2 between Fryelands Boulevard to Cascade View Drive will be updated. These Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades serve to improve these intersection crossings for all users.

Timeline

  • December 2018: Advertised for competitive bidding.
  • Spring 2019: Repaving, expansion joint repair and median construction begins.
  • Fall 2020: Repaving, expansion joint repair and median construction complete.

Traffic safety corridor

This stretch of US 2 is a designated Traffic Safety Corridor. This means the local community has requested the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Patrol and WSDOT work with community groups, businesses, organizations and emergency services to develop low-cost, short-term solutions aimed at reducing the significant number of fatal and disabling collisions on US 2. Those solutions are eligible for state funding.

Funding

The project is estimated to cost $18.9 million.

Contact

Frances Fedoriska
WSDOT Communications
Phone: 206-440-4690
Email: Fedorif@wsdot.wa.gov

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