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I-5 – SR 526 to US 2 HOV Lanes Design-Build Project

I-5 – SR 526 to US 2 HOV Lanes Design-Build Project

Improved traffic choke points and created safer roadways for I-5 drivers
Everett, Washington
Washington State Department of Transportation
CH2M-Hill, Inc.
Contract Value
$221 Million
Completion Date
Market Sector
Roadways & Bridges
Self Performance

This project added over ten miles of HOV carpool lanes and additional merge lanes through the congested urban corridor. The project also widened 18 bridges, built and/or replaced five bridges, built a new Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI), improved freeway exits and on-ramps, added 4.25 miles total of noise walls, added over ten miles of drainage, and built 11 water quality facilities to hold and filter stormwater. The project required complicated traffic control and staging plans as well as subcontractor coordination for earthwork, drainage, paving, and electrical and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) implementation.

The SPUI was added post-contract. The interchange—where entrance and exit ramps converge at a single location—is controlled by traffic signals in the center. The SPUI maximized traffic flow while reducing the necessary right-of-way. This interchange was negotiated, designed, and constructed within one year—and was completed within an accelerated delivery schedule. The two-span bridge structure consisted of 50 precast concrete girders.

The 1,350-foot Broadway flyover bridge—that eliminated a notorious I-5 choke point—was delivered just 13 months after notice to proceed. Work also included widening two, eight-span I-5 mainline bridges over the BNSF Railroad.

Adjacent to 25 wetlands and the Snohomish River, the project required environmental compliance in stormwater management, archeological resource management, wetland avoidance and mitigation, and regulatory agency coordination—being one of the first projects in Washington history where a contractor obtained the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting. Atkinson's team created a park-like 13-acre water quality treatment site with 11 water quality facilities, an aqueduct bridge that conveyed stormwater over the BNSF railway, and a waterfall that connected to the city of Everett’s riverfront trail system. 

Atkinson was an excellent project partner using innovative construction methods to limit impacts to the public and deliver the work. Atkinson’s project managers deserve a great deal of credit for their planning, scheduling, and coordination of this work with their subcontractors, fabricators, suppliers, WSDOT, and the City of Bellevue to deliver this project.
Dave Becher, Engineering Manager, WSDOT