New, wider bridge to open Monday
MARYSVILLE – Marysville drivers can say goodbye to concrete barrier and hello to new lanes on the State Route 529 Ebey Slough Bridge after a closure this weekend.
For the past year, demolition crews have used half of the new bridge as a staging area to rip down the old SR 529 bridge. With removal of the old bridge finished, drivers will finally have the wider bridge all to themselves once crews remove concrete barrier and restripe the bridge before the Monday morning commute.
Crews will close SR 529 at the Ebey Slough Bridge at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, to remove the barrier that’s been protecting drivers and providing crews with a staging area during demolition of the old bridge. The two bridges were just feet apart. The bridge will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, March 11 with four lanes for traffic and bike lanes on each side.
Drivers will follow a signed detour using Fourth Street in Marysville and southbound Interstate 5 during the closure. Crews will escort bicyclists and pedestrians through the closure if needed. This closure will be rescheduled if it rains.
“Once we can remove the barrier, we can restripe the roadway for two traffic lanes and bike lanes in each direction,” said Mark Sawyer, WSDOT engineer. “This will be a big change for drivers because the highway has been just one lane in each direction since we opened the new bridge in April last year.
This isn’t the end of the work. Crews will return when the weather improves to put down the final layer of asphalt and permanent striping, as well as smaller items of work before the project is finished. Crews want to get the extra lanes open now, so that drivers can take advantage of them while they wait for paving weather, which typically arrives after April.
The work is part of the SR 529 Ebey Slough Bridge Replacement project. WSDOT built a new bridge to replace the 85-year-old Ebey Slough Bridge with a four-lane, fixed-span bridge. For details, graphics and photos, visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr529/ebeysloughbridge.