I-5 - SR 526 - Sign structure and VMS replacements

Project news

  • This project has been awarded to Northeast Electric.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2020.
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Needs & benefits

We will replace the electronic readerboard on northbound I-5 near 128th as well as the structures holding signs over the off-ramp from northbound I-5 to SR 526 and SR 527 and over SR 526 near the Boeing Everett facility. These have reached the the end of their lifespans.

Replacing the readerboard on I-5 allows us to continue to share messages with drivers concerning highway and state ferry conditions. Replacing the old sign structures with stronger modern assemblies will reduce the need for emergency or scheduled repairs that can cause traffic delays or blockages.

This project may extend into early 2021 because the sign structures need to be ordered and manufactured once a contractor has been selected.


  • March 2020: Project will advertise for competitive bidding.
  • April 2020: Project awarded to Northeast Electric.
  • Fall 2020: Construction is scheduled to begin.
  • Winter 2021: Construction is scheduled to be complete.


The estimated project cost is $2.5 million, from state and federal funds.


Tom Pearce
WSDOT Communications

A small map showing the work locations of the I-5 and SR 526 sign structure
I-5 and SR 526 sign structure project