Drivers using State Route 522 near Monroe this weekend should plan ahead for ramp closures as crews working to widen the highway take advantage of a forecast break in the rain to continue paving work.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the eastbound SR 522 on- and off-ramps at 164th Street S.E./W. Main from 8GÇô11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and from 7 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Drivers will follow signed detours.
During the closures, crews will pave the eastbound lane where it crosses 164th Street S.E. ramps. Completing this work allows crews to shift eastbound traffic back to its original lane, creating more space between eastbound and westbound traffic. The separation could occur as early as Sunday once crews finish paving and install temporary striping.
After traffic is divided, crews can begin installing the Jersey barrier in the center median. SR 522 will remain one lane in each direction until crews install the barrier, finish constructing the new Snohomish River Bridge, and stripe the roadway.
SR 522 will be open to two lanes in each direction by the end of the year.
Learn more about the SR 522 widening work by visiting the WSDOT project page at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR522/Widen/SnoRiver_US2/