SR 528 work impacts drivers

MARYSVILLE Nighttime drivers through the city may have noticed construction crews at work on SR 528, or Fourth Street, beginning June 15.

According to information provided by WSDOT, the state and private contractor Granite Northwest Inc., are starting a project to repave half a mile of SR 528 and replace a water main beneath the roadway.

Crews will spend a few nights preparing the site for construction before beginning work to excavate the water main, which runs beneath the eastbound lanes of SR 528.

"Replacing the water main is a preventative measure," said WSDOT Project Engineer Amir Ahmadi. "The water main has settled and is at risk to crack and leak, which could damage the roadway. Installing a new water main will reduce that risk."

In addition to replacing the water main, crews will grind and repave all lanes of SR 528 from just west of I-5 to SR 529 or State Avenue.

Crews will work on SR 528 moving from west to east as they excavate and replace the water line, fill in the roadway and pave the area. To keep traffic moving during the day, crews will complete the majority of construction at night when fewer vehicles are on the road.

Throughout the summer, drivers should expect multiple lane closures on SR 528 from just west of I-5 to SR 529 Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the westbound direction and from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the eastbound direction. At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.

Further, drivers also should expect occasional nightly closures of the ramps to and from northbound and southbound I-5 in Marysville as crews pave at the base of the ramps.

There will be no lane closures during the upcoming Marysville Strawberry and Homegrown festivals or during the grand opening of the Tulalip Hotel and Convention Center, which is expected in August.

The total cost of the project has been estimated by the state at $1.4 million and is scheduled for completion by late 2008. For more information, visit the project Web site at

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