Westbound US 2 trestle closures return this summer

By Frances Fedoriska

The closure of westbound US 2 scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 to four a.m. Monday, June 24 is postponed on account of low overnight temperatures and forecasted inclement weather. The closure is rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 to four a.m. Monday, July 1.

The similar weekend that Buzz, Woody and pals return in Toy Story 4, contractor crews with Lakeside Industries return to the US 2 preservation venture that a yr ago got here so near completing the repaving of equally directions of the street among Lake Stevens and Everett.
Plenty got done on the US 2 trestle last summer, but there’s still work to be done to complete the project.

Where we’re at

We did get lots finished remaining year, placing us up effectively for what’s nonetheless to come.

On eastbound US 2, we:

Removed old, cracked, rutted and pothole-riddled asphalt from the eastbound lanes
Repaved one mile from State Route 204 to Bickford Avenue throughout overnight closures
Side note: the eastbound trestle is made up of newer concrete, so no repaving occurred there.
On westbound US 2, we:

Repaved 2½ miles from Bickford Avenue to close to the Snohomish River
During 4 weekend closures, inspected and made any imperative fixes to the Hewitt Avenue trestle to cut back the danger of destiny emergency repairs.
Cold, rainy climate postponed the remaining NULL weekends of work, pushing these westbound closures to this year. Now the climate is warm and dry sufficient for the sequel, er, remaining closures of the westbound US 2 Hewitt Avenue trestle among SR 9 and Interstate 5.
Putting down the waterproofing material on the US 2 trestle requires a stretch of completely dry weather.

The schedule and the weather

Westbound US 2 will near among SR 9 and I-5 from 7 p.m. Friday to four a.m. Monday on June 21-24 and June 28-July 1. If climate postpones the work, we've recognized energy backup closure weekends of July 12-15, July 19-22 and August 2-5.

We can’t emphasize this enough: this work is pretty weather-dependent. Closures could be rescheduled if it rains. We desire the roadway to be fully dry for this work to get done.

Why weekend closures?

We recognize for many, the weekends are as valuable as a childhood toy. However, they’re also an very very appropriate time for getting this severe work carried out for NULL reasons:

The trestle is just too slender to house construction work, machinery and maintain a lane open to defend our crews from passing traffic.
The guidance work and upkeep our crews ought to make takes far longer than the seven hours we get in a normal overnight closure.
What we desire from drivers

An common of 2,600 drivers use westbound US 2 each hour at the weekends. State routes 9, 96 and 528 could be the fundamental detours back this year. These roads are already near doable and absorbing displaced US 2 drivers will create long backups.
During the full weekend closures of westbound US 2 between I-5 and State Route 9 in 2019,
this will be the official southbound detour route. 

During the last two full weekend closures of westbound US 2 between I-5 and State Route 9 in 2019,
this will be the official northbound detour route.

This video from the September 2018 closure reveals the long backups at the detour routes. So please, do one factor differently to assist us preserve visitors shifting so no person misses their rendezvous with Star Command:

Take transit
Move discretionary journey to a non-construction weekend
Travel earlier than 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
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