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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Major SR 202 paving project kicks off with Snoqualmie River bridge closure, May 10th–14th

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This May will see the start of a major SR 202 paving project that will stretch from approximately Snoqualmie Falls to the western edge of North Bend.

On May 10th WSDOT contractor crews will start work that will improve pedestrian access to and repave four miles of SR 202 between Snoqualmie Falls Park and Boalch Ave. Last paved in 1995, this portion of SR 202 is showing signs of wear with cracked and rutted pavement. 

The $2 million project includes repaving and rehabilitating the Snoqualmie River bridge, last paved in 2007. This bridge work requires an around-the-clock closure Monday, May 10th through Friday, May 14th.

"Closing the bridge is essential for safely staging equipment and performing the work," WSDOT Project Engineer Shawn Wendt said. "These repairs will keep the 90-year-old bridge in a state of good repair and reduce the likelihood of future unplanned closures for maintenance." 

Crews will remove the 14-year-old bridge deck, replace expansion joints and add a new waterproof membrane to protect the integrity of the bridge for years to come. New asphalt and temporary striping will be applied before reopening. Permanent striping will be added this summer. 

This work will require a full closure of the SR 202 Snoqualmie River bridge, weather-dependent: 

  • 10PM Monday, May 10, to 4AM Friday, May 14. Posted detour signs will take travelers to I-90 via either Snoqualmie Parkway or Preston-Fall City Road. The bridge sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians.

Travelers should plan for additional travel time of approximately 25-30 minutes for the detour route. Note: the closure starts between the Tokul Roundabout and the SR 202 bridge, which still provides local access to Millpond Road.

Milling and repaving other sections of SR 202 will begin on June 6 – following the Flying Wheels bicycle race – and will continue through the end of September. Work will require a combination of daytime and nighttime single lane closures with flagger-controlled traffic. Travelers should also prepare for around-the-clock single lane closures of local streets that intersect SR 202 while curb ramps are installed. 

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