LAKE STEVENS – Improved traffic flow and fewer collisions are in the cards for a busy stretch of State Route 92 near Lake Stevens, but first drivers will need to plan ahead for a week of detours.
Beginning 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 until 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close both directions of SR 92 between 99th Avenue Northeast and 113th Avenue Northeast to install a pair of roundabouts at those intersections.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured to 84th Street Northeast and SR 9.
“We know folks will have a longer commute during construction, but their patience will be rewarded when these safety improvements are completed before students return to school,” said Janice Fahning, WSDOT project engineer.
As this area has developed, traffic has increased along this stretch of SR 92 which currently sees between 16,500 and 21,000 drivers a day. With no signals, it can be a challenge for people to enter the highway from 99th Avenue Northeast or 113th Avenue Northeast. Roundabouts will eliminate the stop-and-go traffic at intersections while reducing the risk and severity of collisions.
In March, WSDOT awarded the $7.1 million design-build contract to Graham-Marshbank, JV of Seattle for construction of the roundabouts on SR 92 and at the Interstate 90 on- and off-ramps at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast/180th Avenue Southeast.