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The study will come up with an alternative(s) for redesigning the I-5/US 2 interchange and connections to City streets that will better serve the community and region.
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The I-5 / US 2 Interchange Planning Study was borne out of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) studies of the US 2 corridor, including the westbound trestle. Those studies identified the need for more planning and investigation into the I-5/US 2 interchange, which is west of the US 2 trestle. Traffic volumes are expected to continue to grow within the City of Everett and in the region creating further strain on this interchange. Congestion at the interchange will limit effectiveness of a future westbound US 2 trestle replacement, which is why we’re studying ways to make it more functional.
This study will evaluate the existing interchange, connections to local streets, all the travel modes through it and how they will be impacted by the expected increase in traffic volume in the future.
There will be open houses throughout the study where members of the public can offer input and feedback. Please refer to the Timeline and budget tab at everettwa.gov/I5US2study to learn more.
At this point in the project, we are identifying and evaluating improvements to the interchange and city streets that connect to it. In the spring of 2024, we plan to draft and publish our final study report which will include recommended concepts to advance. There are other planning efforts in the area, including the WSDOT US 2 Westbound Trestle Planning and Environmental Linkages Study, Sound Transit’s Everett Link Extension, and WSDOT’s I-5 Corridor Study, which may affect the selection of a preferred interchange design improvement. Once we publish our final study report, we will begin the process of planning, developing concepts and conducting an environmental review. During environmental review, individuals whose property may be acquired or affected will be contacted.