3rd Time A Charm As Westbound Trestle Closure Set For This Weekend

June 21, 2018


Trestle closure

From 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, to 4 a.m. Monday, June 25, all lanes of westbound US 2 between SR 204 and Homeacres Road/20th Street Southeast will be closed.
The following ramps will also be closed:
Westbound SR 204 off-ramp to westbound US 2.
20th Street Southeast on-ramp to westbound US 2.

Okay, the last two times they advertised the closure of westbound Hewitt Avenue Trestle for repaving it was called off for weather.

This weekend, WSDOT says all signs are the weather is going to cooperate and the project will go so prepare for a detour from Friday night at 7 PM – Monday morning at 4 AM.

Here’s more from WSDOT…

Project News
The next weekend closure of westbound US 2 between the SR 204 interchange and the on-ramp from Homeacres is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 22 to 4 a.m. Monday, June 25.
The closure is weather-dependent and will be the first of six weekend closures of westbound US 2.

Contractor crews with Lakeside Industries will repave three miles of the westbound lanes of US 2 from Bickford Avenue to the I-5 interchange, including the Hewitt Avenue trestle. The eastbound lanes of the highway have been resurfaced from the US 2/SR 204 interchange to Bickford Avenue.

Why is WSDOT rehabilitating the existing pavement on roughly three miles of US 2 in Everett?
This stretch of highway hasn’t been repaved since 2002. The asphalt used during that project was identified as having an average lifespan of about 15 years. Since then, cracks, ruts and potholes have developed. This creates an uneven surface which allows water to pool on the roadway. Wet roads create difficult driving conditions and can also result in slower travel times as drivers reduce their speeds to handle the slick surface. Installing new pavement will also extend the life of the highway.

Westbound weekend closures
When crews remove the pavement in the westbound lanes, they will take the opportunity to also inspect the trestle and make any necessary repairs. This process requires more space and time than an overnight lane reduction allows, so the inspection and repairs will happen during six westbound weekend closures of the US 2 trestle.

This work is weather dependent. It is tentatively scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday on the following weekends:

May 18 – 20: Postponed due to weather
June 1 – June 4: Postponed due to weather
June 22 – June 25
June 29 – July 2
July 13 – July 16
July 20 – July 23
August 4 – August 6
August 10 – August 13

The eastbound trestle is newer and made of concrete, so it does not require weekend closures. Work on eastbound US 2 between the SR 204 interchange and Bickford Avenue will happen overnight.

The End Result
This project will make this section of US 2 safer for the 22,000 drivers who use it daily. New pavement also reduces future maintenance needs and costs.

Needs & benefits
Safety: Repaving the highway removes existing cracks, ruts and potholes where pooled water can collect, causing cars to slide. This water can also freeze, creating pockets of ice on the asphalt. New pavement will also prevent future damage to the roadway.
Economic: Repairing aging asphalt is a cost-effective way to protect the roadway and increase its lifespan.

April 2018: Construction began.
Spring/summer 2018: Weekend closures scheduled.
Fall 2018: Construction scheduled to be completed.

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