A reminder! Northbound Interstate 5 through downtown Everett is going to be down to just one lane this weekend starting at 10:00 PM tonight through early Monday morning. Crews plan emergency repairs to about 40 concrete panels from 41st to the Snohomish River bridge.

A week ago Thursday, one of the targeted panels popped up about three inches near Marine View Drive, resulting in an emergency closure to generate a roadway patch and long backups during the afternoon commute. The Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) decided to address the remaining 40 of near 200 concrete panels replaced or repaired last year now, to avoid any other such emergency roadway work and closures instead of waiting for the planned spring season work.

Drivers heading north on I-5 or westbound on US 2 through Everett are urged to adjust their travel plans this weekend. Alternate routes include SR 9 and SR 529. All on-ramps and off-ramps in the work zone will be open except the northbound off-ramp to Marine View Drive. If driving through the work zone, only one lane will be open so allow considerable extra time.

WSDOT Project Team Lead Cody Filley said, “With a favorable weather window in Everett this weekend, WSDOT and Acme Paving agreed to mobilize their crews and finish replacing the concrete panels now, so we don’t have any more emergency lane closures.”

This spring, the rehabilitation of northbound I-5 will reach the finish line by replacing bridge expansion joints north of 41st Street, at Pacific and Hewitt Avenues, reducing traffic to two lanes. A date for this roadwork will be scheduled in the weeks ahead.

For updated real-time traffic information on mobile phones, use the WSDOT traffic app and follow the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.