I-5 - Rush Rd. to 13th St. - Crack Sealing

Project news

Beginning in summer 2019, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will perform crack-sealing work along a four-mile stretch of I-5, between the Rush Road and 13th Street (mileposts 72.81 to 76.55), in Lewis County.

Crack sealing is a highly effective, low cost pavement preservation treatment, which consists of using specialized materials that bond to the crack, preventing water and other debris from further cracking the asphalt. Crack sealant is specifically engineered to remain flexible at low temperatures so it doesn’t crack or split open, and remains stable at higher temperatures so that it doesn’t track or bleed on the highway during hot summer months. 

During construction, travelers should expect weekly, nighttime single and double lane closures between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., for the duration of the project. In an effort to reduce the effect on travelers and for the safety of the crews, this work will be done at night when traffic volumes are lower.

Needs & benefits

Last paved in 2009, this section of I-5 is beginning to show signs of wear, and sections of the highway are cracking. Sealing cracks now will preserve and extend the useful life of the roadway until the next regular pavement rehabilitation project is done. 


  • Feb. 4, 2019: Contract goes to competitive ad
  • March 6, 2019: Contract awarded to Granite Construction Company
  • April 30, 2019: Construction scheduled to begin
  • Late Spring 2019: Project scheduled for completion


The estimated cost of this project is approximately $720,000


Colin Newell
WSDOT Project Engineer

Kimberly Pincheira
WSDOT Communications

I-5 Rush Road to 13th Street - Crack Sealing project location near Chehalis