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jakeroot:
This is an all-encompassing Washington State thread. Anything related to Washington, not likely needing its own thread, should go here.

The following users are knowledgeable with regards to Washington State's transport network:

- myself (jakeroot)
- Kacie Jane
- Bruce (AKA SounderBruce)
- kkt
- KEK, Inc
- thefraze_1020
- mcarling
- Bickendon
- corco
- Ace10
- TEG24601
- Tarkus
- JasonOfORoads
- Thunderbyrd316
- opspe
- Henry
- compdude787
- ErmineNotyours
- stevashe
- kwellada

jakeroot:
WSDOT has been improving the I-5/SR-161/SR-18 triangle for several years, with more improvements expected once funding arrives: http://goo.gl/qihrdf

The two notable changes:

1) a roundabout for the I-5 off-ramp to SR-161/S 356 St -- this exit does not currently exist (only SR-18 can access 161 directly):



2) The off-ramps from SB I-5 directly to SR-18 will be re-aligned into the mess below. Apparently, the loop ramp is too tight. I disagree but whatever. If it were me, I would have kept the loop ramp, and re-aligned the off-ramp towards SR-18 West so that the merge was closer to the overpass over 18 (currently it is aligned around the now non-existent cloverleaf ramp that was replaced by a flyover). The merge would be soon enough that I think they could remove the signal, which presently causes some pretty significant delays westbound along 18. A big reason for the signal is because of all the cars turning left onto 161. Once the new off-ramp to S 356 is constructed, there won't be as much traffic using that first off-ramp, so I think they could safely bring back the traditional merge that once existed:

Bruce:
For the past few weeks, WSDOT has been conducting weekend lane closures and reductions on Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville as part of a project to repair 41 expansion joints on the bridges crossing sloughs in the area. It's been horrific, and some have even called it worse than the viaduct closure.

Worst part is that there was 0 mitigation. No shuttles, no encouragement to use transit (or extra service), nothing. It would've been wise to run a daily Sounder train to Marysville (using a temporary platform somewhere) to bypass the slowdowns on I-5 and SR 529 (where traffic spilled over, disrupting bus service to the train).

jakeroot:

--- Quote from: Bruce on May 21, 2016, 07:23:44 PM ---For the past few weeks, WSDOT has been conducting weekend lane closures and reductions on Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville as part of a project to repair 41 expansion joints on the bridges crossing sloughs in the area. It's been horrific, and some have even called it worse than the viaduct closure.

Worst part is that there was 0 mitigation. No shuttles, no encouragement to use transit (or extra service), nothing. It would've been wise to run a daily Sounder train to Marysville (using a temporary platform somewhere) to bypass the slowdowns on I-5 and SR 529 (where traffic spilled over, disrupting bus service to the train).

--- End quote ---

I've been hearing about those closures on the news. I thought they would have finished the repairs by now? I'm glad I'm able to avoid it by, well, not living anywhere near Marysville or Everett. But it appears WSDOT spent all of their PR money on the viaduct closure.

Have temporary train platforms been used before? I've never heard of that happening, but it seems like a great idea.

Bruce:

--- Quote from: jakeroot on May 21, 2016, 08:30:03 PM ---
--- Quote from: Bruce on May 21, 2016, 07:23:44 PM ---For the past few weeks, WSDOT has been conducting weekend lane closures and reductions on Interstate 5 between Everett and Marysville as part of a project to repair 41 expansion joints on the bridges crossing sloughs in the area. It's been horrific, and some have even called it worse than the viaduct closure.

Worst part is that there was 0 mitigation. No shuttles, no encouragement to use transit (or extra service), nothing. It would've been wise to run a daily Sounder train to Marysville (using a temporary platform somewhere) to bypass the slowdowns on I-5 and SR 529 (where traffic spilled over, disrupting bus service to the train).

--- End quote ---

I've been hearing about those closures on the news. I thought they would have finished the repairs by now? I'm glad I'm able to avoid it by, well, not living anywhere near Marysville or Everett. But it appears WSDOT spent all of their PR money on the viaduct closure.

Have temporary train platforms been used before? I've never heard of that happening, but it seems like a great idea.

--- End quote ---

The closures are supposed to last until June. There have been a few delays and cancelled work weekends because of weather, but it's been on-time overall thanks to that huge dry spell we had.

I don't think that ST has ever used temporary platforms for something like this. There's been "temporary" platforms that were built just like a permanent one and used in the early days of Sounder while stations were being prepared, but other than that it hasn't been seen around here.

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