adjustments (including attitude) needed by drivers to avoid massive
Rex D. Cain
News, Opinion & Expert Transportation Analysis
COUNTY, WA.) – Let’s get this out of the way up front.
You kids have been very, very bad of late and God is about to punish
God of traffic congestion, that is. He gonna smite thee down and
smack you all around. Make you do the funky chicken.
when it’s all over you’re gonna look like Omarosa
Manigault Newman after she’s gone 12 hard bare-knuckle rounds
on the receiving end of Donnie Trump’s nasty, mean-spirited,
moronic, unAmerican and always factually challenged Twitter account.
us pray now: Where have you gone Joe Di Maggio? A nation
its lonely, embarrassed, exhausted and sorrowful eyes to you.
we digress. Back to the angry God.
are told by our spies down at the venerable Washington State Dept. of
Transportation (WSDOT) that another
closure of westbound US 2 in Snohomish County is on tap from 7 pm
Friday, Aug. 17th
to 4 am
Monday, Aug. 20th.
the highway will be closed from State
Route 9 to Interstate
are gonna have to go
north or south on SR 9 to get around the construction.
be a royal pain. Look for fistfights all up and down the roads hard
the video at bottom of this report.
esteemed Ally Barrara over at WSDOT says, “If
I were to use an emoji to describe what could be in store for
Snohomish County drivers during the next three weekend closures of
US 2 paving project,
it would be the exploding head.”
that was a good line. We gotta hire her.
any rate the exploding head is because these upcoming
closures “could potentially gridlock traffic in Snohomish
County from Marysville to Mill Creek.”
no, she/they ain’t kiddin.’ Serious as a heart attack
the word is, if
we all don't “make adjustments” during these weekends –
carpool, public transit, biking, hang
gliding, flying jet packs, personal
hibernating – the traffic will make you feel like your head
might explode. Boom!
so forth and so on.
the weekends of Aug. 18-19, Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 15-16, contractor
crews will close all lanes of westbound US 2 between State Route 9
and the I-5 interchange – as long as the weather
these weekends, crews will repave the west end of the Hewitt Avenue
trestle between Homeacres Road and the I-5 interchange. This means
Street Southeast bypass detour (
used during previous closures) will not be available because it would
drop vehicles right in the middle of the work zone.
(that’s you) gotta
detour onto SR 9 with options to go northbound
on a 10-mile route to SR 528 in
Marysville or southbound
on a 12-mile route to Cathcart Way and SR 96 in
LOTS of extra time to your travels
you travel north or south on SR 9, expect
it to take you AT LEAST 45 minutes longer to
get around on these roads compared to when westbound US 2 is open.
And that's without factoring in all the extra vehicles that would
normally be on US 2.
of vehicles on northbound SR 9
and SR 528 will
during these US 2 closures. It will be even more crowded on
southbound SR 9 and SR 96, where they
expect the number of vehicles to
simply: if you’re gonna be on the road during
the next few weekends, budget A LOT of extra time into your travels.
drivers to do
we the people (sounds like a founding fathers document)
try to drive like it's business as usual during these next three
– or even like it's
the past few trestle closures –
the highways will be completely
jammed up say
the folks at WSDOT.
everyone who plans to drive
through this area to do something different, like:
Check Community Transit's website for route updates
Moving discretionary travel to
a non-construction weekend
Traveling before 8 a.m. or
after 8 p.m. to avoid peak congestion
Checking traffic conditions
before you get behind the wheel
The WSDOT website will have closure and
lane reduction updates.
Get weekly email updates on King and Snohomish
The WSDOT Twitter account will have
info about traffic.
Download the WSDOT mobile app for traffic maps and
other news and updates.