EVERETT — With dry conditions in the forecast, get ready for three consecutive weekend closures of the westbound lanes of the U.S. 2 trestle between Lake Stevens and Everett.
The closure is set to begin Friday at 7 p.m. and reopen 4 a.m. Monday.
This weekend, westbound drivers will be detoured again onto 20th Street SE below the bridge.
The past two closures went smoothly and drivers experienced mostly minimal delays, according to the state Department of Transportation.
“We have a good system in place to keep traffic moving, and it helps that the public is heeding our warning and using different ways to get around,” agency spokeswoman Ally Barrera said in an email.
The next two weekends, Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 17-20, there will be no local detour. Crews will be working at the west end of the trestle, so all vehicles on westbound Highway 2 must exit at Highway 9. Drivers then can take that highway north to Highway 528 or south toward Highway 96 and Cathcart.
The next three weekends could still bring a lot of traffic congestion from Marysville to Mill Creek.
To avoid peak congestion, the state suggests traveling before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
Rainy weather has postponed the work four times this summer. Crews are replacing the expansion joints and repaving the roadway.
A rain-free weekend is needed to ensure the waterproof material that protects the concrete bridge deck adheres properly.
The last weekend closure is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 7.
WSDOT has tried to avoid work on weekends with big events such as Lake Stevens’ Aquafest and Marysville’s Strawberry Festival.
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