Work to smooth out Boeing Freeway begins June 12

Paving project includes several road closures, expansion joint replacement
Jun 07, 2017

Drier conditions have paved the way for crews to begin resurfacing State Route 526 – also known as the Boeing Freeway – in Everett.

Beginning on Monday, June 12, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will grind and repave the eastern end of SR 526 between Evergreen Way and the Interstate 5 interchange.

“This stretch of SR 526 was last paved in 1985 and has outlived its lifespan,” WSDOT Project Engineer Dave Lindberg said. “This project will bring safer driving conditions for the 78,000 people who use this road every day, many of whom are going to and from Boeing.”

While crews will perform most of this weather-dependent work during nighttime lane and ramp closures, they will also need to occasionally close the highway overnight to keep themselves and the traveling public safe.

Drivers can expect periodic closures during the next few months, along with signed detour routes. Those will include up to 10 periodic, overnight closures of all westbound lanes of SR 526 on Fridays and Saturdays; as many as four periodic, overnight closures of all eastbound lanes of SR 526 on Fridays and Saturdays; and up to three closures of Southeast Everett Mall Way, Monday through Thursday nights and some Saturday nights.


Project details

In addition to paving SR 526, contractor crews from Cemex Construction Materials Pacific have other tasks ahead of them.

Those include grinding and repaving all four ramps at the Evergreen Way interchange and portions of several ramps at the I-5 interchange; replacing five expansion joints on the northbound I-5 flyover ramp to westbound SR 526, rebuilding four pedestrian ramps at the Evergreen Way interchange to provide a smoother transition between the sidewalks and crosswalks.

Westbound and eastbound closures will not occur at the same time. For updated closure information, drivers can check the Snohomish County Construction page.

Work on this $3.6 million project is scheduled to be complete in the fall.

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