US 2 - Median Barrier

Project news

  • This project will advertise for competitive bidding in January 2020.
  • Construction will begin during spring 2020.
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Overview

In 2020, WSDOT will install a concrete median barrier on US 2 between Bickford Avenue and the area just east of the SR 9 interchange in Snohomish.

Needs & Benefits

On average, 40,000 drivers travel US 2 near the city of Snohomish every day. In the last three decades, Snohomish County’s population has exploded by 137 percent. Another 200,000 people are expected to move to the county by the year 2035. Safety improvements are necessary to keep the highway in good condition as the number of people using US 2 increases.

In 2019, contractor crews working for WSDOT installed a six-foot wide median to separate the eastbound and westbound lanes of this roughly two-mile stretch of US 2. The wider median is designed to reduce the risk of head-on and crossover collisions. Rumble strips added to each side of the median make a loud noise to alert drivers if they cross out of their lane of travel toward the median space. Contractor crews will install the new barrier structures in the median during a series of overnight single-lane closures of US 2 in spring/summer 2020.

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.

Timeline

  • January 2020: Advertised for competitive bidding.
  • Spring 2020: Median barrier installation scheduled to begin.
  • Fall 2020: Median barrier installation scheduled to be complete.

Funding

The project is estimated to cost $3.1 million with funding from federal and state sources.

 

Contact

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

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