Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Local News

SR-522 construction to last for 14 more months

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   SNOHOMISH COUNTY--Many locals have wondered how long they will have to endure SR-522 construction that has ground traffic to a halt on the road that was already the state's most clogged artery.

   The answer, on the Dept. of Transportation's website (www.wsdot.wa.gov), will not make hearts soar: the project is scheduled for completion by December of 2000.

   Two lanes will be added to SR-522 between SR-9 and Paradise Lake Rd., with a 40-foot grass median separating the four lanes. Right and left turn lanes and signals will also be added at the Paradise Lake intersection. Other improvements include paving, retention walls, improved drainage, water retention ponds, and restriping the road.

   Another construction project on SR-522 between the Snohomish River and U.S. Hwy. 2 has also crippled traffic flow at the north end of 522 in Monroe. Work on that 4.3-mile stretch involves placing a special polymer over the Snohomish River bridge deck and seismically retrofitting the bridge rail. Crews are also installing rumble strips and additional light poles along that stretch of highway.

   One lane will be closed at the bridge each weeknight after Oct. 15 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Flaggers will control alternating traffic flow, with delays of up to an hour expected between 8 p.m. and midnight.