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Drivers should plan for SR 9 paving in Arlington and Whatcom County

(ARLINGTON)– Drivers on State Route 9 in the Arlington area and in Whatcom County between Acme and Kendall should be prepared for delays this summer.

Starting Tuesday, June 17, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will be repairing SR 9 and putting down chip seal – crushed gravel with a tar mixture sprayed on it – along three short sections of the highway near Arlington and a 10-mile section in Whatcom County. Work will continue through mid-August.

In the Arlington area, drivers can expect one-lane closures between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.  There could be up to 10 nights of single lane closures Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Flaggers and pilot cars will control traffic through the following work zones:  1.1 miles of SR 9 between Hughes Road/132nd Street Northeast and State Route 531/172nd Street Northeast, 0.6 miles of SR 9 between SR 531/172nd Street Northeast and Eaglefield Drive/Crown Ridge Boulevard, and  1.7 miles of SR 9 between Eaglefield Drive/Crown Ridge Boulevard and the 67th Avenue Northeast overpass.

In Whatcom County, work will take place between Doran Road south of Acme and State Route 542 in Kendall.  Drivers should expect single lane closures from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Flaggers and pilot cars will control traffic through the work zone.

Speed limits will be reduced to 35 mph during chip seal operations.  Motorcyclists and bicyclists should use extreme caution in the work zones due to loose rock on the roadway and shoulders.

Chip seal is being used for this project because it is durable on roadways that have lower average daily traffic and is much cheaper than asphalt.  The Arlington section of SR 9 where work is scheduled carries about 12,000 vehicles a day, while about 2,300 vehicles use the Whatcom County section daily.

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