Northwest NEWS

December 18, 2000

Local News

WSDOT hopeful for Thursday opening of new SR 522 lanes

Weather permitting, construction crews will open a 3 1/2 mile segment of two new westbound lanes of State Route 522 near Paradise Lake Road in the Maltby area of Snohomish County by Thursday, Dec. 21, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
   The original opening, scheduled for Dec. 16, was postponed due to predictions of inclement weather. Roadway striping, critical to opening the lanes, cannot be completed in wet weather. In addition, crews are waiting for concrete jersey barrier to cure, or gather proper strength, near the SR 522/State Route 9 interchange before opening the new lanes to traffic.
   If weather allows the Thursday opening to occur, construction crews will close eastbound and westbound SR 522 between SR 9 and Paradise Lake Road between 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, and 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. A signed detour will be provided. At 5 a.m. Thursday, motorists will find themselves on a new roadway alignment that accommodates one eastbound and two westbound lanes.
   The road will stay in that configuration until the spring of 2001, at which point the final configuration of two eastbound and two westbound lanes will be put in place.
   Although the two new westbound lanes will open soon, much work remains to be done on the project before it is completed. Crews will continue to work to grind and remove "rumble strips," parallel cutouts that are in the median between the two current eastbound and westbound lanes. Crews will also repave the 3 1/2-mile stretch of eastbound SR 522.