Traffic moves northbound on Interstate 5 through Everett on Friday. Some parts of I-5 North before 41st Street remain bumpy after work to replace concrete panels since October. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Traffic moves northbound on Interstate 5 through Everett on Friday. Some parts of I-5 North before 41st Street remain bumpy after work to replace concrete panels since October. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Grinding work still needed for I-5 through Everett

Construction crews need warmer temps for the work to remove what a reader described as “mini raised speed bumps.”

Usually when a road is redone, travelers expect the ride to be smoother.

That hasn’t been the case for Erik Wold of Mukilteo as he drove on I-5 north through Everett.

Crews contracted by the Washington State Department of Transportation have been replacing concrete panels and grinding down high spots from ruts on the northbound highway since October.

The hulking slabs are over 50 years old and were starting to show the decades of use. The project has a $7.9 million budget.

But even after 120 damaged panels were replaced, the road’s condition hasn’t improved in every spot. Another 30 panels await being removed and rebuilt.

“I can only imagine that you have had other complaints about the poor quality of the resurface project on I-5 northbound about a quarter to half mile south of 41st (Street),” Wold wrote to The Daily Herald. “Such a poor job. New panels feel like mini raised speed bumps.”

Indeed some parts of the highway can feel like traveling by wagon on the Oregon Trail (or what one might imagine that to have felt like).

The critique didn’t surprise WSDOT staff.

“Yes, we understand why your reader feels like it’s driving over mini speed bumps,” WSDOT spokesperson Kurt Batdorf wrote in an email. “Our contractor is still replacing broken concrete panels on northbound I-5 between Lowell Road and Marine View Drive.”

Acme Concrete Paving, the company working on the highway, still has to grind the new panels’ surfaces so they’re even with adjacent panels, Batdorf wrote. All of the work in this project requires temperatures above 32 degrees, which makes tackling it in winter a moving target.

Some of that work is scheduled between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. weeknights through Dec. 15, as weather allows. At least one lane will be open between Lowell Road and Marine View Drive during the overnight work.

Another overnight stint is scheduled for Dec. 11. There will not be work Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Early next year crews are set to replace bridge expansion joints over Hewitt Avenue, Smith Avenue, Pacific Avenue and U.S. 2.

Have a question? Call 425-339-3037 or email streetsmarts@heraldnet.com.

Please include your first and last name and city of residence.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road on Sunday, April 21, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Long live the Speedway! Mukilteo’s main drag won’t be renamed

The public shot down the mayor’s idea to change the name: 77% voted ‘No’ in an online survey, with 95% opposed on Facebook.

Everett
Motorcyclist dies in crash on East Marine View Drive in Everett

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a motorcycle and a vehicle crashed into each other at the intersection of 11th street and East Marine View Drive.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Darrington in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Highway 530

Jeremy Doyle, 46, was riding east near Darrington when he crashed into the side of a car that was turning left.

The Marysville School District office on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
‘Financially insolvent’ Marysville schools to get unprecedented oversight

Superintendent Chris Reykdal will convene a first-of-its-kind Financial Oversight Committee, he wrote in a letter Tuesday.

Woodside Elementary Principal Betty Cobbs on Monday, June 17, 2024 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett’s first Black principal retires after 51 years

In her office, Betty Cobbs kept a black-and-white photo of herself at age 5: “I am right there, with dreams of becoming an educator.”

Junelle Lewis, right, daughter Tamara Grigsby and son Jayden Hill sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during Monroe’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
On Juneteenth: ‘We can always say that there is hope’

The Snohomish County NAACP is co-sponsoring a celebration Saturday near Snohomish, with speakers, music and food.

Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
On Mukilteo-Clinton route, small boat means continued long ferry lines

The 144-car Suquamish was scheduled to replace the 90-car Sealth, which has been temporarily serving the route.

FILE – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Nov. 4, 2021. Ellen M. Banner | Seattle Times | TNS | File Photo
6 months for man who sexually assaulted woman on Seattle flight

A former commercial airline mechanic was sentenced to six months behind bars… Continue reading

Rep. Rick Larsen speaks at the March For Our Lives rally on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Larsen kickoff in Everett canceled over fear of pro-Palestinian protesters

The event had been scheduled to take place at the Scuttlebutt Brewing Taproom on Monday night.

After 3 years in jail, Camano murder suspect’s trial delayed again

In February 2021, prosecutors allege, Dominic Wagstaff shot and killed his father, shot his brother’s girlfriend and tried to shoot his brother.

The access loop trail on the Old Sauk Trail on Monday, May 27, 2024 in Darrington, Washington. (Ta'Leah Van Sistine / The Herald)
10 accessible trails to explore this summer in Snohomish County

For people with disabilities, tree roots and other obstacles can curb access to the outdoors. But some trails are wheelchair-friendly.

Everett NewsGuild members cheer as a passing car honks in support of their strike on Monday, June 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Herald newsroom strikes amid layoffs

“We hope that people who live in these communities can see our passion, because it’s there,” said Sophia Gates, one of 12 Herald staffers who lost jobs last week.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.