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Commuters heading through Snohomish get good news

Stillaguamish Bridge (L) and the bridge carrying the northbound lanes (R) (February 10, 2021). Photo: WSDOT
Stillaguamish Bridge (L) (built 1933) and the bridge carrying the northbound lanes (built 1971) (R) (February 10, 2021). Photo: WSDOT

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Since Monday, June 21st, commuters heading through Snohomish County on I-5 have had to deal with substantial traffic jams both northbound and southbound due to a bridge remediation project. Washington State Department of Transportation officials announced today that some of the lanes closed due to the project are expected to be reopened soon.

WSDOT officials say drivers should be prepared for the reopening of southbound Stillaguamish River bridge starting at 10pm on Monday, October 4th. It’s then that the contractor crews from Southern Road & Bridge, LLC, working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, will start the process of reopening 2 of the 3 southbound lanes over the bridge.

Since June, the 3 northbound and 3 southbound lanes through the work area have been reduced to 2 and the southbound lanes were routed onto the northbound main lines.

WSDOT says they are planning to follow the schedule below to reopen the lanes.

  • 9pm on Monday, October 4th, to 5am on Tuesday, October 5th – full closure of the southbound off-ramp at Pioneer Highway East/SR 530 Exit (milepost 208).
  • 10pm on Monday, October 4th, to 4am on Tuesday, October 5th – full closure of southbound on-ramp at 236th Street NE (milepost 210).
  • Early morning hours of Tuesday, October 5th – 2 southbound right lanes reopen over the Stillaguamish River bridge.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – northbound lanes will remain open to 2 lanes only. Left lane will remain closed for several additional weeks as crews complete restoration work in the median.

Reduced speed limits through the work area will continue to be 55mph. Drivers can continue to expect possible delays and backups until this project is complete.

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