Paving work on the U.S. 2 trestle on Aug. 5 — a weekend when the weather actually cooperated with moisture-sensitive construction. (Washington State Department of Transportation) 20180805

Paving work on the U.S. 2 trestle on Aug. 5 — a weekend when the weather actually cooperated with moisture-sensitive construction. (Washington State Department of Transportation) 20180805

Rain wins, for now: Remaining US 2 work put off until spring

The dry season has ended, so a moisture-sensitive repaving project on the trestle is postponed.

EVERETT — Rain, rain, go — ah, forget it.

A forecast of cooler temperatures and morning fog and dew, and a chance of rain, has prompted a postponement of U.S. 2 trestle work until spring.

Two full-weekend closures remain for a moisture-sensitive repaving project across the westbound span between Lake Stevens and Everett. This weekend was to be the fifth of six planned closures, which had already been postponed three times.

Many road projects depend on fair weather, but the U.S. 2 trestle project is more sensitive than most. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday and Sunday includes showers.

Weather has been unfriendly from the start of trestle work last spring. Weekend work scheduled for May was postponed four times. Sunny weekdays repeatedly gave way to weepy weekends. In all, there were nine cancellations. That doesn’t include weekends that already were excluded from the work schedule because of holidays or major community events.

Autumn’s cooler temperatures and damp mornings bring further challenges.

“We want a quality product on the road that will last a really long time,” said Ally Barrera, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “We want it to be a worthy investment.”

No dates have been set for the final work. In the meantime, crews will be out overnight to smooth out expansion joints and finish lane striping.

The $11.6 million project also included repaving portions of U.S. 2 between Bickford Avenue and the interchange with 20th Street, which has been completed.

Other area road projects are expected to be finished.

They include installation of a roundabout on Highway 524 near Lynnwood, at Locust Way. That work was slated to happen this weekend but was canceled because of a rainy forecast. A full weekend closure for that project now is tentatively set for a period between 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and 6 a.m. Monday, Oct 8.

“That one is one we will get done this year,” Barrera said.

It will be the second roundabout installed on that stretch of highway, which slips under I-405. A roundabout was installed last weekend just east of there, at Larch Way.

“Really, it all hinges on whether we have a dry Sunday,” Barrera said. That’s when crews put down new asphalt.

Resurfacing projects on Highway 531 and Highway 530 in Arlington also are wrapping up. Crews put down the final sealant layer Thursday on Highway 531 and are expected to be on Highway 530 on Monday to do the same.

Stripes will be painted late next week — weather depending.

Is the road open?

WSDOT closures in Snohomish County:

WSDOT closures on I-5:

Snohomish County road projects:

Talk to us

More in Local News

A crew member carries plywood to steathe a roof as of the Home Repair Service Program Friday morning in Brier, Washington on January 14, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Habitat for Humanity program helps Brier homeowners stay put

The nonprofit’s Home Repair Service program gave a senior couple a new roof — and hope.

Index School (Index School District)
Voters to decide fate of critical school funding measures

Levies to pay for staff and programs are on the Feb. 8 ballot in districts across Snohomish County.

School leaders in districts like Everett and Marysville have warned of a looming transition to online learning. This 2019 photo shows an empty cafeteria at North Middle School. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Staff shortages prompt some schools to resume remote learning

The surging omicron variant has left many Snohomish County classrooms bare of both staff and students.

Christian Sayre
Everett bar owner arrested again on new sexual assault charges

Christian Sayre, longtime owner of The Anchor Pub, was charged Friday with 10 counts of felony sex offenses.

A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mail delays frustrate and perplex Snohomish residents

One woman waited two weeks for delivery. Then came “an avalanche of mail.” The Postal Service blames snow and staffing issues.

Sam Dawson administers a collection swab herself Thursday afternoon at the walk-up COVID testing center on Wetmore Ave in Everett, Washington on January 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sketchy firm’s COVID-test sites shut down as questions mount

The Center for COVID Control will close an Everett site and others around the U.S. as officials take a closer look.

David Dodge (Washington State Department of Corrections)
Man who killed Stanwood girl gets another chance at release

A state Supreme Court ruling could affect other incarcerated people who committed crimes as juveniles.

Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
No more gnarly feet: This ‘Wounded Warrior’ gets pedicures

Keith Reyes, 64, visits a Stanwood nail salon for “foot treatments” that help soothe blast injuries.

Michael Jensen, left, and Nathan Jensen, right, pick up trash in their encampment that they being forced to clear out of by Parks Department the near Silver Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Annual homeless count could shed light on pandemic’s impact

Snohomish County canceled its 2021 point-in-time count. Officials hope this year’s will bring clarity.

Most Read