SR 18 project will smooth westbound Issaquah-Hobart Road overpass

By Tom Pearce

If you have got pushed throughout the westbound State Route 18 overpass at Issaquah-Hobart Road, you perhaps understand precisely why it desires to be repaved. But in the event you happen to haven't, the satellite view under exhibits why. There are so many patches, it is difficult to depend – let's simply say about 40 to 50, ranging in measurement from a couple of inches throughout to extra than 10 ft long.
Just a few of the patches that dot the westbound SR 18 overpass at Issaquah-Hobart Road.

All these patches create a tough and bumpy trip for tourists within the 12,000 automobiles who use this a a part of road every day. That's edge of the purpose why we are going to resurface the bridge beginning Monday, May 13. The different is that we ought to hold our growing older state highways so they will proceed to serve the traveling public. But so as to entire the work safely, there may be extra than NULL months of around-the-clock site visitors changes by way of this area.



Around-the-clock work

The Issaquah-Hobart Road overpass is observed about a half-mile west of the place westbound SR 18 widens from one lane to two; the bridge is NULL lanes wide. When work begins, our contractor crews are merely going to prolong the one-lane part to the west cease of the bridge. This will permit crews to repave the closed lane, then shift site visitors onto the freshly paved lane and repave the different lane. The work will happen around-the-clock for approximately 65 days.
When work begins on May 6, westbound SR 18 will remain one lane until
the west end of the Issaquah-Hobart Road overpass for 65 days.

The bridge was final paved in 1989. To create a extra long lasting surface, our contractor crews will take away the vintage pavement, make any imperative upkeep to the bridge deck, then repave it with concrete.



Overnight complete closures

While we will conserve one lane of the street open by way of most of the bridge work, our contractor crews ought to near equally westbound lanes for as much as eight nights so as to pour the brand new using surface. During those overnight complete closures, visitors will bypass the bridge by utilizing the Issaquah-Hobart Road off- and on-ramps, with a uniformed police officer directing visitors on the intersection.



Strengthening our highways

The 30-year-old using floor throughout this overpass is worn to the level that it wants to be replaced. The a long time of fluctuating weather, the rising quantity of cars utilizing the roadway and heavy rather a lot from freight have triggered broad put on and tear on the bridge deck. In addition to offering a smoother ride, those upkeep will assist conserve and defend the bridge format and cut back the desire for pricey emergency repairs.



While we are resurfacing the westbound bridge, our contractor crews will proceed work to repave extra than 4 miles of eastbound SR 18 among Southeast 304th Street in Auburn and Southeast 256th Street in Covington.



All of this work is edge of our ongoing efforts to hold and conserve our getting older state highways. Thank you, as always, on your endurance and cooperation.

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