Not-so-garden-variety paving project to begin in tulip country

Smoother travel coming to all users of State Route 536 in Mount Vernon

By Ally Barrera

Another Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has come and gone. Now the shiny orange of construction indicators will update the wealthy reds, yellows, pinks and purples of the Mount Vernon tulip fields.



Starting May 5, contractor crews from Granite Construction will start ripping out old, broken asphalt as though it was a ribbon of non-native weeds and replacing it for a smoother journey for all. This is for our State Route 536 paving undertaking from the Skagit River Bridge to Interstate 5.



Bumpy like a molehill



SR 536/Division Street/West 3rd Street cuts by way of the coronary middle of downtown Mount Vernon and consists of an natural of 15,000 automobiles a day by way of the tulip hub. Over the years, all that visitors has worn down the current pavement and freckled the freeway with cracks, ruts and bumps. This smash is the molehills of the freeway global - the worst!
Unlike in a garden, you don't want water seeping into asphalt. Rain gets into these
cracks on SR 536, compromising the integrity of the pavement.

Not simply has this choppy floor created a tough journey for travelers, but or not it is also larger the danger of water pooling at the roadway. Wet roads end in tough using conditions as nicely as pricey emergency maintenance and unexpected lane closures.



Master pavers to the rescue!



Once crews grind off the vintage pavement and make any imperative maintenance to the freeway base, they will hide their handiwork with new, silky-smooth asphalt. This weather-dependent work will end end effect in a safer freeway that is extra stress-free to journey on.



The new asphalt - and accompanying maintenance to the Skagit River Bridge deck - will lengthen the life of the roadway so that this phase of Mount Vernon stays on hand to all modes of journey for many years to come.



Don't overlook about different freeway users



We didn't! Thirty sidewalk ramps in downtown Mount Vernon are getting upgrades. They'll be wider with extra sluggish sloping, so or not it's safer and simpler to go this busy road.
One of 30 ramps along SR 536 that crews will improve to meet ADA specifications.

A 'Full Shade' project

Unlike tulips, crews do not want daylight to get this venture done. Nearly all work will occur overnight among 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Motorists can count on lane reductions and the occasional complete freeway closure - but do not fear - there might be signed detours to assist you get around.



Folks who use the sidewalks have to watch for around-the-clock sidewalk closures throughout these improvements. Detours might be in place, but provide your self a number of more minutes.



Planned street or sidewalk closures have to wrap up with the aid of way of fall 2019.



Constant vigilance



Any inexperienced thumb is aware of the important thing to a lush, colourful lawn is to continually verify your crops for critters and pests, and to make certain they are getting sufficient light, meals and water. Same is going for street closures.



Keep checking these tools for upcoming lane reductions, street and ramp closures:

WSDOT cellular app
WSDOT North Twitter feed
Skagit & Island County freeway emails

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