ARLINGTON – A year after giving State Route 9 an intersection makeover at State Route 531 by building a new roundabout, crews will now give a face lift to the highway leading to it.
Cracks, potholes and years of stress can’t be fixed with cosmetic touch ups alone. It’s time to grind and pave roughly two miles of SR 531 to smooth out the rough spots and preserve the roadway for years to come.
The Washington State Department of Transportation hired Granite Construction of Everett to grind and repave the highway from 43rd Avenue to the roundabout at SR 9/SR 531.
Nearly 22,000 drivers rely on this highway daily. It connects Interstate 5 to SR 9 and is bordered on both sides by businesses, neighborhoods and the Arlington Airport.
“We know how important this stretch of highway is to local commuters,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Mark Sawyer. “Construction work is always a challenge for drivers, but in the end, grinding and repaving will smooth out the road and make it easier for drivers to get where they’re going.”
East of I-5, SR 531 is narrow and has little in the way of shoulders, which means crews will need to close portions of the road at night to repair and repave it a section at a time. During nighttime closures, traffic will follow signed detours on local roads.
The contractor plans to start the repaving after July 22, when the big Arlington Airport Fly-In and International Grumman American Pilots Association Convention are over and there’s less demand on the highway at night. Contractor crews have already upgraded the curb ramps at the 67th Ave. intersection to meet current American Disability Act standards.
During the nighttime closures, detours will be clearly marked and routes will be posted on the project webpage.
Granite Construction was awarded the project for its bid of $1.2 million. The project should be finished by fall.