Friday, Aug. 10, kicks off a busy weekend of construction around Puget Sound [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Construction/PugetSound/closures.htm ] – including projects in Clearview and Lake Stevens. As part of a project to widen SR 9 between Maltby Road and 176th St. SE [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR9/212thse_176thse ], crews will close the highway from 9 p.m. Aug. 10 to 2 a.m. Aug. 12. During the closure, they’ll dig down 12 feet to remove an old, narrow culvert and will install a new, 84-inch-diameter, 140-foot-long culvert in its place. Local traffic will be allowed between SR 524 and 197th St. Other drivers will follow a marked detour [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR9/212thse_176thse/Map.htm#weekenddetour ] on SR 524, SR 527 and 180th St.
In Lake Stevens, crews will close down the SR 9/SR 92 intersection [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr9/sr92intersection ] from 10 p.m. Aug. 10 until 7:30 a.m. Aug. 12. During the closure, we’ll widen, pave, stripe and install guardrail to make the intersection work more smoothly; Detour routes [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR9/SR92intersection/SR+92+-+Intersection+Improvements.htm#Detour ] will take you on local roads around the intersection. On Sunday morning, drivers will have an extra southbound lane on SR 9, an extra left-turn lane from southbound SR 9 to eastbound SR 92, a second left-turn lane from SR 92 to SR 9, and extended right-turn lane from northbound SR 9 to SR 92. Not bad for 33 and a half hours of work.
And if you’re headed to Seattle, you’ll want to add an hour to your travel time. Crews have a full closure of SR 520 [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520Bridge/WeekendClosures.htm ] between Montlake Boulevard and I-405, and a full closure of SR 167 [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/I405/Sr167PantherCreek.htm ] between I-405 and 180th St. We’ve got travel tools [ http://www.wsdot.com/Traffic/ ] to help you plan, so don’t say we didn’t warn you…and we’re serious about that “add an hour” thing.
*More closures set for SR 522 tomorrow, next week*
Thus far, rock blasting on SR 522 has been successful. We’ve got one more closure [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Snohomish/Construction/ ] set for tomorrow, Aug. 10, then we’ll take a little break. We’ll have a closure next Tuesday, Aug. 14 for tree removal (yes, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.), and then we’ll have one more blast Wednesday, Aug. 22, before we take a break to avoid affecting Evergreen State Fair traffic. Blasting photos [ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/7680071628/in/set-72157625677405597 ] and video [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0sDV4fffRA ] are available online. As always, bookmark our Snohomish County construction update [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Snohomish/Construction/#SR522 ] page for the latest work schedule or call the project hotline at 877-832-0303.
*Next closure of US 2 at Bickford Ave set for Aug. 17-20*
Just a quick heads up for planning purposes: All lanes of westbound US 2 near Bickford Ave. will close next weekend, Aug. 17-20, for more culvert replacement work. We’ve got a schedule online [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US2/BickfordSafety/ClosureInfo.htm ] to help you plan around the closures.
*Useful factoid of the week: Need a pick-me-up after all those traffic downers? *
If you’re sitting at home thinking, “I really don’t want to drive anywhere this weekend because of all this construction. What ever shall I do with my time?” Wonder no more. WSDOT has an amazing collection of aerial photography [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/MapsData/Aerial/PhotoGallery.htm ] that might remind you why you live in this beautiful state. Whether you’re interested in environmental issues [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/MapsData/Aerial/PhotoGallery_Environmental.htm ], historical studies [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/MapsData/Aerial/PhotoGallery_Historical.htm ] or just want to gaze at the beauty of the Pacific Northwest [ http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/MapsData/Aerial/PhotoGallery_PacificNWTravel.htm ], sit back, relax and avoid the traffic. And if that’s not enough to get you through these closures, check out our Flickr [ http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/ ] page for more action-packed pictures.