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Nighttime Closures of Northbound I-5 This Week in Arlington

Date:  Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Contact: Amir Ahmadi, Project Engineer, (425) 225-8700 (Everett)
Travis Phelps, Public Information Officer, (206) 440-4470 (Seattle)

SEATTLE - Starting tonight, drivers will face two closures of northbound Interstate 5 in Arlington at the Smokey Point interchange. WSDOT and its contractor Graham Construction will be installing traffic detection devices in the roadway and removing the last temporary bridge supports from the new Smokey Point Bridge (172nd Street).

Closure
We will close all northbound lanes of I-5 at the Smokey Point Interchange on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and Thursday Dec. 15, starting with the two left lanes at 8 p.m. with total closure beginning at midnight. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.

Detour
Drivers will be detoured off at the Smokey Point interchange (exit 206) and back onto I-5, allowing passage past the closure point at a very slow pace.

This work is part of an ongoing WSDOT effort to improve the Smokey Point interchange. WSDOT opened the new wider six-lane bridge to traffic on Friday, Dec. 9. The new bridge will help reduce congestion and increase safety for the 36,000 vehicles that use it each day. For more information visit the project Web page at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr531/smokeypt

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