Traffic, seen here during Jan. 4, 2016 on northbound Interstate 5 just north of the Highway 526 interchange, is likely to back up during work this weekend that requires reducing it to at most two lanes. Dan Bates / Herald file)

Traffic, seen here during Jan. 4, 2016 on northbound Interstate 5 just north of the Highway 526 interchange, is likely to back up during work this weekend that requires reducing it to at most two lanes. Dan Bates / Herald file)

I-5 lane reductions through Everett set for weekends this month

Crews are set to replace dozens of decades-old concrete panels between Highway 526 and Everett Avenue.

Pack your patience, plan another way or push out travel north through Everett.

Revive I-5 is coming to Everett soon.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is set to close northbound lanes on I-5 the next three weekends, if weather allows. At most only two lanes will be open, and the freeway will be down to just one lane between midnight and 4:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Crews with Acme Concrete Paving, the contractor on the $7.9 million project, are set to replace dozens of concrete panels.

“We need weekends to complete a lot of this work because we have several sections of concrete panels that need replacing, and the concrete needs time to cure,” WSDOT Project Engineer Shawn Wendt said in a news release.

The work will happen on about 3 miles from just north of the Highway 526 interchange to Everett Avenue.

The concrete panels set to be replaced are more than 50 years old. Original designs anticipated they would last about 25 years, WSDOT spokesman Tom Pearce wrote in an email.

“When this work is finished people should have a smoother ride,” Pearce wrote. “After 50 years, there are ruts from the tens of thousands of vehicles that use the freeway every day.”

WSDOT inspects state highways every two years. Not every panel is being replaced.

Acme’s crews also are going to get rid of ruts in the original panels that will remain.

There isn’t a detour during the lane reductions, so people should plan to go merge and wait on I-5 instead of winding through city streets.

Drivers could take Highway 9 through Lake Stevens and Snohomish to skirt potential backups through Everett. WSDOT recommends adding travel time, delaying some trips and taking public transit.

But the lane closures could push another 1,000 trips into Everett during the peak hours, traffic engineer Corey Hert said during the Sept. 15 Everett Transportation Advisory Committee meeting.

“If you’ve driven through Everett on a given Saturday northbound, it’s already full,” he said.

Everett anticipates more traffic on northbound Broadway during the weekend work this month. The city plans to coordinate Broadway’s signals with a 2-minute, 10-second interval, similar to what it has during the weekday afternoon peak now, starting at 10 a.m.

“We’re going to do everything we can to keep Broadway moving,” Hert said.

City workers also are going to set out some “local traffic only” signs west of Broadway, he said. Hert and a sign technician will be available to respond to traffic and adjust signals and signs at least this weekend.

The first closure is set for 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. The off-ramp to 41st Street and Broadway will be closed, but the HOV off-ramp to Broadway will be open to everyone this weekend, Pearce wrote.

If the weather allows, lane closures could follow on the remaining weekends.

Work to replace four expansion joints north of 41st Street is expected to resume in spring.

Have a question? Call 425-339-3037 or email 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 big decision for Boeing’s next CEO: Is it time for a new plane?

As Boeing faces increased competition from Airbus, the company is expected to appoint a new CEO by the end of the year.

A Mukilteo Speedway sign hangs at an intersection along the road in Mukilteo. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mukilteo Speedway name change is off to a bumpy start

The city’s initial crack at renaming the main drag got over 1,500 responses. Most want to keep the name.

Two workers walk past a train following a press event at the Lynnwood City Center Link Station on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Trains up and running on Lynnwood Link — but no passengers quite yet

Officials held an event at the Lynnwood station announcing the start of “pre-revenue” service. Passengers still have to wait till August.

Nedra Vranish, left, and Karen Thordarson, right browse colorful glass flowers at Fuse4U during Sorticulture on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A promenade through Everett’s popular Sorticulture garden festival

Check out a gallery of the festival’s first day.

Left to right, Everett Pride board members Ashley Turner, Bryce Laake, and Kevin Daniels pose for a photo at South Fork Bakery in Everett, Washington on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Second Everett Pride aims for even bigger rainbow of festivities

Organizers estimated about 3,000 people attended the first block party in Everett. This year, they’re aiming for 10,000.

Denise McKenzie, who has been a bartenders at Kuhnle’s Tavern for many years, works behind the bar on Monday, June 17, 2024 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
After 106 years, Kuhnle’s Tavern in Marysville is closing

Come say farewell Sunday from noon to midnight at the historic bar with five beers on tap and a 50-cent pay phone.

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.

The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Highway 529 squeeze starts now between Everett, Marysville

Following a full closure for a night, starting late Sunday, Highway 529 will slim down to two lanes for months near the Snohomish River Bridge.

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.”

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.