Rainy weather holds up repaving work in county

Cold and rainy weather is holding up final work on road repairs to two heavily traveled routes in Snohomish County, according to the state Department of Transportation.

This means more closures will be needed for the I-5 repaving project in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace and for the repaving of 172nd Street NE in Arlington.

It’s hoped the work on both projects can be wrapped up in the next week or two, depending of course on the weather.

Final lane markings were scheduled to be done a few weeks ago on the $5.4 million paving project on I-5 between 52nd Avenue W. and Highway 104. The work eliminated deep ruts in the pavement.

Overnight closures of ramps and lanes are planned for Sunday through Friday. Updates and schedules may be found at tinyurl.com/I-5repaving.

Crews hope to finish work this week on the $1.8 million repaving project on Arlington’s 172nd Street NE (Highway 531) from 43rd Avenue NE to Highway 9. Three closures are planned. All the work is weather dependent.

One lane of 172nd from 43rd Avenue NE to Highway 9 will be closed from 8 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday for shoulder work. Drivers will be flagged through the work zone.

One lane of 172nd will be closed during the same hours overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday for lane marking.

One lane also will be closed overnight during the same hours from Wednesday to Thursday for cleanup.

For more information go to tinyurl.com/DOTSR531.

Studded tire season begins: Drivers are now able to legally use studded snow tires for the winter. The special tires may be used in Washington state from Nov. 1 through March 31.

For drivers who do use studded tires, it’s still recommended they carry chains if traveling over the Cascade Range passes. In situations when chains are required, studded tires don’t qualify unless the vehicle is four- or all-wheel drive, according to the Transportation Department.

The state also asks drivers to use studded tires sparingly, if at all, because they wear down pavement and increase roadway maintenance costs. In Western Washington especially, often a good all-season traction tire and a set of chains do the trick, according to the state.

For more information about studded tires, go to tinyurl.com/DOTstuds.

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