State to replace rough pavement on I-405 in Bellevue, SR 518

Work to replace damaged concrete pavement and smooth the ride along two major Puget Sound highways is set to begin this May.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has selected Guy F. Atkinson Construction to replace roughly 1,000 concrete panels and smooth roadway on northbound Interstate 405 through Bellevue and both directions of State Route 518 near the Sea-Tac Airport.

Atkinson Construction submitted the best-value proposal of $7,277,888 to design and build both projects.

“These highways carry thousands of drivers each day, and the concrete roadway surface has simply worn out,” said Janice Fahning, WSDOT project engineer. “This spring we’ll begin work to repair three miles of cracked and rutted roadway.”

On northbound I-405 between Southeast Eighth Street and State Route 520 in Bellevue, crews will replace cracked concrete panels and grind existing pavement to smooth the roadway. While most of this work will occur at night, crews expect to need several weekend closures of northbound I-405 this summer to complete this work.

Similar work will occur along both directions of SR 518 where crews will improve nearly a mile of rough and bumpy concrete pavement between I-5 and Sea-Tac Airport. Crews will grind and smooth concrete pavement and replace approximately 50 failing concrete panels. The majority of this work will take place on weekday nights, drivers can expect occasional weekend work and ramp closures.

The full extent of lane closures and the timetable will be posted on the WSDOT website as the project gets closer to construction. Work on both I-405 and SR 518 is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

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