Shoulder driving coming to I-5 from Everett to Marysville

David Nelson of Marysville is among those wondering: What are the long-term plans to extend an HOV lane or expand capacity on I-5 N past Everett to Marysville?

Tom Pearce, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation responds: “There is no timeframe or funding for extending HOV lanes to Marysville or beyond. However, the Connecting Washington package includes funding for a project that would allow drivers to use the shoulder of northbound I-5 between Marine View Drive and SR 528 in Marysville as an additional lane in times of heavy congestion.”

Herald readers may recall this has long been on the wish-list for local leaders.

A similar approach has been in place on U.S. 2, with the shoulder open on the eastbound trestle during peak afternoon commute hours since spring 2009. The I-5 shoulder project will take the concept to the next level, Pearce said.

“One difference between the I-5 project and U.S. 2 is the hours of operation. On the eastbound U.S. 2 trestle shoulder driving is allowed only at specific times of day. The I-5 shoulder lane project will include an active signing system that would let drivers know when shoulder driving is allowed,” he said.

The help is a few years off. Design is set to start in 2017, with construction expected in 2019 or 2020. The project will require restriping the existing lanes and rebuilding bridge barriers to provide a shoulder wide enough for driving.

Have a question? Email us at Please include your first and last name and city of residence. Look for updates on the Street Smarts blog.

More in Local News

She died from Smokey Point hospital’s neglect, lawsuit says

Staff at the psychiatric hospital failed to care for Rosemary Torgesen, 78, a new complaint alleges.

Bus stop locations chosen for safety and convenience

A reader wondered why so many bus stops are on the far side of an intersection. It’s on purpose.

After misconduct, new oversight comes to CASA court program

Child advocates lied, spied and destroyed evidence. Now, the program has been renamed and revamped.

ACES High School junior Regina Lewis, 16, on Jan. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
ACES junior looks forward and upward to a career with planes

Regina Lewis, 16, moved from California in 2018. She built a community here by saying “yes” to new things.

Suspect in Everett quadruple shooting extradited, arraigned

The 20-year-old is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Separate suspected DUI, hit-and-run crashes hospitalize 4

Emergency responders were busy Saturday night after three collisions across Lynnwood.

County seeks federal aid after recent floods and landslides

If your home or business was damaged, you could help the state qualify for disaster assistance.

photos by Dan Bates / The Herald 
                                WSDOT spokeswoman Diane Rhodes talks with reporters and photojournalists at the passenger terminal under construction at Mukilteo on Thursday.
Passenger building offers glimpse of Mukilteo ferry terminal

The new facility connecting Mukilteo and Whidbey Island is expected to open in October or November.

Looking back: 1930s WPA project transformed Forest Park

A public works program is responsible for much of what exists today.

Most Read