This past Thursday on Interstate-5 in Everett, a concrete panel dislodged and popped up about 3 inches higher than the surrounding pavement near Marine View Drive. A number of passing vehicles were damaged. Crews closed two lanes for seven hours from noon to 7 PM so a temporary emergency asphalt patch could be applied. The lane closures created long backups, delays and greater congestion on the few other alternate routes.

This stretch of the freeway was built during the period of 1967 to 1969. Washington Dept. of Transportation crews are monitoring 40 other vulnerable concrete panels. Weather permitting, crews plan to work on these panels this weekend through downtown Everett, resulting in lane closures. Last year, contractors began replacing or repairing around 200 of these concrete panels.

Beyond work on these concrete panels, four expansion joints are due to be replaced later this year in Everett. This work will close all northbound lanes during weekends, similar to the Revive I-5 joint replacement work in Seattle last year. In addition, construction work to expand the I-5 – Highway 529 interchange between Everett and Marysville will get underway.

So expect more repair and construction work on I-5 from downtown Everett to south Marysville that today carries around 163,000 vehicles per day as the year progresses. Announcements and detours will be in place.