Plan Now – Westbound Hewitt Trestle Into Everett Closing Friday Night Thru Weekend

May 15, 2018

Everett

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Plan now as there will be 8 weekends of closures before the project will be complete.

Please plan ahead now. That’s the word from the Washington State Department of Transportation as Friday night the westbound lanes of the Hewitt Avenue Trestle will close at 7:00 PM and will not reopen until 4: AM Monday morning. 20th street will be rerouted westbound but that is not going to be able to handle the volume of traffic that normally uses the trestle and you will really want to take an alternate route. Most likely choices are Highway 528 aka 4th street in Marysville. Many will take Sunnyside Blvd which is narrow and winding so be aware of that. Another choice is the Snohomish River road along the west side of the river through the Lowell area of Everett. Here is more on the first of many weekend closures from the WA Department of Transportation.

The westbound US 2 Hewitt Avenue trestle in Snohomish County will be closed the weekend of May 18-21 – assuming we get good weather – and to avoid extensive backups and delays, we need drivers to try something new. No, we don’t mean whipping up a new dinner recipe or checking out a new museum exhibit. We mean trying a new route, a new carpool, a new start time, even make new weekend plans (if feasible) to avoid heading west during this closure.

Again, if your plans included the westbound US 2 trestle between 7 p.m. Friday, May 18 and 4 a.m. Monday, May 21, start working on an alternate plan.

But why?
We’re repaving three miles of westbound US 2 from Bickford Ave. to I-5. This section hasn’t been repaved since 2002 and will require six full weekend closures of the westbound trestle.

Weekend traffic by the numbers
On the average non-holiday weekend in the spring and summer, roughly 2,600 westbound drivers take US 2 between the SR 204 interchange and Everett every hour. The delays are usually minimal on these weekends because the two-lane highway can handle the traffic.

But that’s a lot of traffic that will be using other routes during the closure on roads not designed for that many vehicles. There will be a detour using 20th Street SE, but at one lane, it doesn’t have the capacity to efficiently move every traveler displaced during this US 2 closure.

We need help to keep traffic moving
If you need to travel westbound to Everett during that weekend, consider your options:

  • Carpool
  • Move discretionary travel to a non-construction weekend.
  • Travel westbound between Lake Stevens and Everett during non-peak hours (before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.).
  • Stay longer at your destination to avoid traveling during peak hours.
  • Research alternative routes before the 20th Street SE detour. Get creative!

Thanks in advance
We know that anytime we close roadways it presents a significant challenge to drivers and we appreciate your efforts during these weekend closures. Doing this extensive preservation work will reduce the need for future emergency repairs that add time to already long commutes in Snohomish County. We could also use your help in spreading the word. If you know someone who makes this trip, please let them know!

How to get more information

  • Our website will have closure and lane reduction updates.
  • Get weekly email updates on Snohomish County projects.
  • Our Twitter account will have info about traffic.
  • Download our mobile app for traffic maps and other news and updates.



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My Everett News is a hyperlocal news website featuring breaking news and events in Everett, WA. We also cover City of Everett information and items of interest to those who live and work in Everett. It's written by Leland Dart a former Snohomish County based radio reporter born and raised in Everett.

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