EVERETT — Major work on the westbound lanes of the U.S. 2 trestle finished Monday ahead of schedule. No more weekend closures are needed, the state Department of Transportation announced.
U.S. 2 was closed from I-5 to Highway 9 starting Friday at 7 p.m. Crews wrapped up just after midnight Monday
Many drivers welcomed the much needed rehabilitation work, but it did cause at least a little traffic to build last weekend.
The biggest sticking points were on southbound Highway 9 approaching U.S. 2, but congestion was similar to normal weekend traffic along that corridor, said Frances Fedoriska, a spokesperson for WSDOT.
The agency began the $11.7 million preservation job last year on the roadway that connects Lake Stevens and Everett. After a series of postponements, WSDOT was only able to get in four weekend closures to repave 3 miles of the roadway from I-5 to Bickford Avenue.
Dry weather and warm temperatures were needed to remove the old asphalt and lay down a waterproof barrier. Work on the eastbound lanes was finished last year.
This summer, all that was left to complete was a half-mile portion on the westbound lanes of the trestle between the Snohomish River and I-5. Up to two weekend closures were expected to be needed for the work, but the contractor was able to finish in just one.
For the project, more than 1,000 tons of asphalt were used to repave the westbound lanes of U.S. 2, according to the agency. Crews used enough waterproof matting to cover more than eight football fields.
Several overnight westbound lane reductions will occur to finish expansion joint repairs and place new permanent striping. No dates for that work have been set yet.