Nighttime travelers on westbound U.S. 2 will run into a detour that forces them onto northbound I-5 for the next two nights.
The ramps to southbound I-5, California Street and Walnut Avenue will be closed from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. tonight and Friday night. They were also closed last night.
The night closures are needed so the state Department of Transportation can put a concrete barrier in the middle of U.S. 2 as it approaches I-5, said Connie Lewis, a Transportation Department spokeswoman.
The barrier will give construction crews space they need to widen I-5. The barrier will stay in place for two to three months, Lewis said.
Having concrete in the middle of the westbound U.S. 2 will force drivers to decide which lane they want to be in much sooner than they have in the past.
Olympia: State to close driving schools
The Department of Licensing announced plans to close 41 driving schools, including three in Snohomish County, Wednesday.
Diamond Driving School branches in Everett, Marysville and Mountlake Terrace are among those ordered closed. Students currently attending the affected schools will be allowed to finish, but courses must conclude by the end of the year.
Gary Probst owns all the affected schools. On Wednesday, the Department of Licensing revoked his driving school licenses. He is not allowed to reapply for 10 years.
The action came after Probst entered guilty pleas to several charges in a general court martial, including signing false documents, wrongfully appropriating government property, making and using a false writing in connection with a claim, and wearing unauthorized awards and decorations, according to the Department of Licensing.
Probst operates driving schools under the names Diamond, America’s Best and Quality.
From Herald staff reports