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Weekend-long closure planned for SR 9/SR 92 intersection

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Date:  Thursday, June 28, 2012

Contact: Bronlea Mishler, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4696 (Shoreline)
Seema Javeri, WSDOT project engineer, 425-889-0244 (Bellevue)

NOTE: The closure scheduled for this weekend is canceled
 
Drivers should expect delays, plan extra time June 29 – July 2

LAKE STEVENS – Imagine a smoother commute, fewer delays and more turn lanes at the intersection of State Route 9 and State Route 92. Now imagine that becoming a reality in less than a month. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Before crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation can improve that commute, they’ll need to close down the intersection for an entire weekend to excavate, repave and restripe the highway.

Crews will completely close the SR 9/SR 92 intersection from 10 p.m. Friday, June 29, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 2, to excavate along the shoulders, grade, repave and restripe the highway and install new guardrail.

“Weekend closures – especially during the summer – can be a challenge for drivers who just want to get out of town,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Seema Javeri. “If drivers can be patient with us for a weekend, this closure will allow us to get a huge amount of work done – and that will mean fewer nighttime lane closures during the rest of the summer.”

During the weekend-long intersection closure, detour signs will redirect traffic along local roads in Snohomish County and the city of Lake Stevens.

When the intersection reopens July 2, travelers will have a new southbound through lane on SR 9 and an extra left-turn lane to eastbound SR 92. SR 92 drivers will also get an extra left-turn lane to southbound SR 9.

Beyond the immediate congestion relief, this project prepares the SR 9/SR 92 intersection for future expansion to an even more efficient four-way intersection. WSDOT has partnered with the city of Marysville to add features at the intersection to allow for a proposed road to connect to SR 9 from the west.

More information about the SR 92 intersection improvement project, including before-and-after graphics, can be found online at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr9/sr92intersection.


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