MARYSVILLE – Lumpy, bumpy and rutted pavement on Interstate 5 through Marysville will soon be just a distant memory for drivers when crews begin construction Monday to repave a four-mile stretch of the southbound lanes.
Smooth new pavement won’t be the only benefit for drivers. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) also will install six new traffic cameras and five miles of traffic sensors on I-5 between Marysville and the Snohomish River Bridge in Everett.
“This section of I-5 is the missing link in our Seattle-area traffic map,” said Project Engineer Dave Crisman. “Investing in these new cameras and sensors allows us to give drivers between Arlington and Everett real-time traffic information for the first time.”
Starting Monday night, June 13, and continuing through the summer, drivers can expect weeknight lane closures on north- and southbound I-5 as crews install the new cameras and traffic sensors. Crews hope to complete grinding and repaving work on southbound I-5 between July 11 and August 1, once the weather warms up.
As part of the project, crews also will update road signs, lighting and guardrail to meet new federal safety standards, and replace drains on the Ebey Slough Bridge to improve water drainage.
For more information about this $3.2 million project, including information about WSDOT’s pavement management program, visit the project website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SnohomishEbey.
WSDOT is planning for a busy construction season in Snohomish County. To learn about other construction projects planned for this summer, visit WSDOT’s 2011 construction season page at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Snohomish/2011Construction.htm.