Cooperation leads to smooth weekend of SR 99 Aurora bridge paving in Seattle

Travelers make the difference by choosing different routes, modes of transportation

By Tom Pearce

If you comply with horse racing, you understand a trifecta is tough to hit. But we managed to hit a trifecta – correct weather, nice coordination by way of way of our contractors and assist from of us traveling within the aspect – to end a a hit first of 10 weekend-long lane reductions at the SR 99 Aurora bridge in Seattle.
Crews repave the northbound lanes of the Aurora bridge.

We can’t do something concerning the weather, so whilst conditions are nice we rely on our contractors and the traveling public to make those tasks succeed. Last weekend the contractors did their aspect with the aid of means of staying on schedule and even slightly ahead.

But of us who journey are those who make the largest difference whilst we’re doing essential preservation work like repaving this venerable 88-year-old structure, officially named the George Washington Bridge. Sometimes we ought to scale back a road to NULL and even one lane in every direction for construction. In this case, it was cutting three lanes to one.

If all of the of us who often pressure the Aurora bridge on weekends continued to achieve this final weekend, we might have viewed lengthy backups – maybe to Green Lake or past southbound and effectively into the brand new SR 99 tunnel northbound. Instead, of us made special options – special routes, special modes of transportation – and we saw backups we might degree in metropolis blocks rather of miles.
Keep up the good planning!
This is simply the primary of a couple of weekend-long lane reductions to repave the bridge. We have one other scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 17. This time they’ll repave the southbound lanes at the south cease of the bridge, if the climate cooperates again. We’ll have a same street setup as final weekend, in basic terms with site visitors shifted to at least one lane in every direction at the east area of the bridge.

We recognize chopping a important freeway like SR 99 to at least one lane in every direction for an complete weekend is tough for folks who travel, but security is our first priority, and this permits us to supply our contractors with a secure work zone. Because we are able to repave lengthy stretches of three lanes at once, it offers us a higher end-product, chopping the quantity of seams within the asphalt. That capacity a smoother street for you for years to come.

In the meantime, thank you for assisting create a huge first weekend. As I mentioned, we've a couple of extra to come. Keep planning forward and we’ll attempt to end once possible. You can get the newest news via way of checking our cellular app and the WSDOT Traffic Twitter feed. Working together, we are able to all hit a few extra trifectas.


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