The summer road construction season has arrived. Two big projects impact North Sound motorists.

The Revive I-5 project has another phase getting underway tonight. The southbound lanes of I-5 from Interstate-90 to Spokane Street are going to have a lot of work done into July. This 1.25 mile stretch of interstate has not been rehabilitated since it opened in 1967.

The repaving part of this project begins tonight, including addressing the ruts in the concrete pavement where water collects creating more hazardous conditions. Contractors will apply a new thin layer of concrete on all lanes. This work will take place overnights from 7 PM to 5 AM thru mid-July.

Once the repaving is done, work on replacing the 40 expansion joints will begin. This work will likely require up to 16 weekend-long lane reductions including one full southbound weekend closure. Exact dates for all this work are not known at this point and will involve coordination to avoid key city weekend activities.

This phase of Revive I-5 will extend the life of this critical stretch of the freeway through Seattle. If you have plans to use southbound I-5 tonight through this summer, be prepared for delays or take alternate routes.

Another big project involves repaving about 9 miles of pavement over Stevens Pass on US 2. This work started today (Monday) and involves crews addressing potholes and other road surface damage. The work will occur Monday through Thursday from 6 AM to 430 PM and is anticipated to take 7 weeks to complete. Crews are starting east of the summit and will work their way westward.

If you have plans to travel over Stevens Pass during most weekdays, anticipate lane closures, flaggers and potential delays. Always drive slowly through any road work sites. Crews are working to help all of us drive on safe highways

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.