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Midway, WA: Cracked Pavement on Interstate-5

Posted by Infra on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

One of our top complaints? Interstate 5 is terrible! We know! We’re repairing as we get money, it one panel as a time.

Interstate 5 is the most important highway in the state. It’s part of an interstate system that connects Mexico to Canada and is our economic lifeline. The roadway, designed in the 60’s to carry 1975 traffic, has lived beyond its years. In King County, more than 250,000 vehicles use I-5 through downtown Seattle every day. If you are one of those drivers, we don’t need to tell you that parts of I-5 are in bad shape. Complaints about the potholes, the cracks, the lousy ride are at the top of driver’s list of complaints.

As you can imagine, repairing or rebuilding I-5 is very expensive. At this time, we don’t have enough money to replace all the concrete on I-5 so we are fixing the worst of the worst of the worst. We use data to analyze the road and pick the panels that need the most immediate attention.

This summer, we will replace more than 80 panels on I-5 in the Midway area and in the University District.

Marv LaBorn is one of the engineers working on the repair plan. – wsdot on YouTube

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