*The closure dates and times for this project have been updated. Please see the Construction Update page for the latest information.
STANWOOD – People traveling on northbound Interstate 5 just north of Stanwood can expect lane closures over the next several weeks, as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation repair several sections of cracked concrete pavement.
Last night, WSDOT maintenance closed the right lane of northbound I-5 after engineers found several cracked concrete panels in need of immediate repair.
“WSDOT maintenance crews identified small cracks in these concrete panels last fall,” said Assistant Regional Administrator Todd Harrison of WSDOT. “However, the panels began to break apart at a much faster rate than we anticipated. To keep drivers safe, we’re closing the lane and making repairs next week.”
Beginning Monday night, contractor Interwest Construction of Burlington will repair the roadway, including replacement of 23 concrete panels. The exact cost of the repairs is undetermined but estimated about $700,000.
“This repair work will take several weeks to complete,” Harrison said. “At least two lanes of northbound I-5 will be open on weekends when traffic volumes are higher.”
The right lane between mileposts 216 and 217 will remain closed through the weekend, but the closure should cause no significant travel delays, according to WSDOT traffic engineers. On- and off-ramps at the 300th Avenue Northwest interchange remain open.
Engineers say high levels of underground water, including natural springs, might have caused the panels to crack. Crews will know more once they start tearing out the damaged panels next week.
More information on this and other closures can be found on our Construction Update page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Snohomish/Construction.