I-5 - SB S Lucile St to Spring St - Pavement Repair & ADA

Project news

Overview

The pavement is worn on southbound I-5, as well as on the southbound collector/distributor, which has on- and off-ramps connecting the interstate to downtown Seattle and I-90. Since this section of I-5 opened in the mid-1960s, cracks and ruts have developed in the lanes that now carry about 120,000 vehicles each day.

Between Spring Street in downtown Seattle and South Lucile Street near Boeing Field, contractor crews will replace broken concrete panels, grind the top layer of pavement in all lanes to eliminate ruts, repave several ramps, repair the gate at the south end of the express lanes and create better sidewalk connections for people of all abilities.

What should drivers expect?

Most of the work will take place during the overnight hours when traffic volumes are lighter. At least one lane will remain open at all times on southbound I-5, or the southbound collector/distributor. However, up to four lanes may be closed at a time to provide a safe work zone.

The End Result

Rehabilitating this section of southbound I-5 and the collector/distributor will extend the useful life of this section of the interstate. It will also create safer and improved driving conditions for the tens of thousands of travelers who use I-5 each day.

Needs & benefits

This project is part of a multi-year effort to preserve I-5 through King County. Benefits include:

  • Preservation: Replacing broken concrete panels, grinding to eliminate ruts and repaving ramps improves the driving surface and extends the lifespan of I-5.
  • Safety: Eliminating ruts limits the opportunity for water to collect on the roadway, which can reduce traction for drivers.
  • Economic: Replacing broken concrete panels, grinding the lanes and repaving ramps preserves the interstate and reduces the need for costly emergency repairs.

Timeline

  • May 2018: Project was awarded to MidMountain Contractors.
  • Summer 2018: Construction began.
  • Fall 2019: Construction is scheduled to be complete.

Funding

Financial Data for PIN 100504B, 100516F, 100516J, 100516K
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $5,072
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $33,310
CWA $48
Total $38,430

Contact

Nicole Daniels
WSDOT Communications
206-440-4479
nicole.daniels@wsdot.wa.gov

A small map showing the work zone of the southbound I-5 Lucile to Spring Street pavement repair project.