My life orbits South Snohomish County, especially Lynnwood. This is where we settled at 10, where I graduated high-school, and now where I raise my son. Several decades of my life right here. I get out, we do “things”, and yet there always remains some place new. So many places, nearby, where my feet have not ventured. For instance, I’ve yet to do more than sail through the San Juans. I’ve never been off the ferry. Never! Perplexes many friends.
With so many opportunities in my proverbial backyard, my interest and fascination with this area grows. Thus, I continue my explorations. And with a new addition. I want to experience some place new, some place I’ve never been before. Whether a new town, new site, new restaurant, new park; I want to make a deliberate choice to seek out new stuff and do new things. Not to discount the stuff I already love, but to add a deeper richness to my knowledge of the area.
Some random ideas: a day trip to the San Juans (actually getting off the ferry), the parks on Whidbey, hikes in the Cascades, and (my favorite) and tour of local burger places (like Dicks, Win’s in Bellingham, Ray’s in Everett, Burger Mill in Marysville, etc…).
From the Washington State DOT. Some of this work will have significant impacts. Read on, dear reader, read on….
Westbound US 2 overpass opens Today
Snohomish residents have been anxiously watching the new US 2-Bickford Avenue overpass come together and your patience is about to pay off! This morning, the new westbound overpass will open to drivers, and the eastbound on-and off-ramps will follow a bit later this month. The new overpass will help reduce the risk of serious collisions by taking traffic over US 2, rather than across it. (ed: with all the issues with US 2 in recent years, this is a very welcome change).
Bickford Avenue is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. today after being closed to help prepare the roadway for the opening. Westbound US 2 from SR 9 to the new overpass will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Today through Tuesday morning, as will the ramp from SR 9 to westbound US 2, for some final work. When you’ve had a chance to use the new overpass, let us know what you think!
SR 531 Arlington work continues
Crews continue to work to remove jarring bumps and cracked pavement on SR 531 from east of 43rd Avenue Northeast to just west of SR 9 in Arlington. The overnight work has been noisy and we’ve had to do some full road closures, but drivers are already seeing smoother pavement and the work should be completed in the new few weeks, weather permitting. The closures – which last from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – will include 43rd Ave. to 59th Ave. (Tuesday to Wednesday), 43rd to 51st (Wednesday to Thursday) and 51st to 59th (Thursday to Friday) next week. During that time they’ll be doing pavement repair, electrical work and paving.
SR 529 Snohomish River Bridge repair
The 60-year-old SR 529 Snohomish River Bridge is into its second week of repairs and southbound drivers out of Marysville should continue to use I-5 overnight. The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly Sunday to Friday to southbound traffic while crews replace heavy equipment needed to ensure that that drawspan functions correctly. Southbound across the bridge will then be closed around-the-clock from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23. The drawspan will not open to marine traffic during the closure times.