Madden Bridge Construction

All Northwesterners complain about Spring and Summer Road construction projects. Why now when we are trying to go camping and take a vacation with the kids? Reality is with our rainy falls and often snowy winters; it is the only chance to keep our roads passable for the coming winter to allow ski resort access and cross state travel during winter. SR 20 closes annually, leaving us with only I-90 and Stevens Pass which both often close for avalanche control and hazardous conditions.

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Coming soon here in the North Sound is the repair of the Madden Bridge 58 which connects Granite Falls and Lake Stevens via Menzel Lake Road. Construction will begin soon and last approximately 12 weeks, requiring a two-month road closure, thankfully while schools are out of session. During the planned road closure, a signed 12-mile detour will direct motorists to Robe Menzel Rd as an alternative route. Please monitor the closure and take other routes.

Built in 1956, the 138-foot long three-span bridge is showing normal signs of deterioration due to age. Public Works plans to replace guardrails, bridge rails and bearings, as well as make repairs to expansion joints. Crews are also planning to construct a new bridge deck overlay and replace a pavement section near the west approach to reduce future settling and provide a smoother transition for drivers.

“Rehabilitating bridges is a cost-effective way to extend their useful life and ensure the ongoing safety of the traveling public,” said Public Works Director Kelly Snyder. “Thanks to the federal funding received last year for this work, we are able to save local tax dollars and make the needed repairs to keep Madden Bridge open for many years to come.”

The $1 million rehabilitation project is funded from the Federal Highway Bridge Program, distributed by Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Snohomish County Road Fund.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.