SR 92 and North Machias Road closure continues through July 19
SNOHOMISH — The road closure at state Route 92 at North Machias Road that began July 6 will continue until July 19.
The road is scheduled to reopen at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. This closure schedule is not weather dependent.
This project will improve the route and expand habitat access for local migratory fish, restore the creek to its natural state and help WSDOT comply with a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling. The ruling requires the replacement of about 1,000 culverts blocking fish passage under state roads, which will help restore historical tribal fishing rights.
For the 13-day closure, emergency services will need to take the detour routes outlined in the map to the right due to the fact there will be a giant hole in the middle of state Route 92.
Two separate routes will be signed for these closures at state Route 92 and North Machias Road.
The large truck detour uses state Route 9 and 84th Street Northeast.
The small car/light truck detour uses 44th Street Northeast, 127th Drive Northeast, 139th Avenue Northeast, 28th Street Northeast and Old Hartford Road.
During the extended closure, Little Pilchuck Creek will be redirected. The existing 6-foot by 12-foot culvert will be demolished to make way for a new 60-foot buried bridge in the new creek bed with a fresh layer of pavement for the roadway.
When the $6 million project is complete, the 12,000 people who use state Route 92 daily will be able to easily cross Little Pilchuck Creek as migratory trout and salmon more easily connect with 30 miles of previously unreachable habitat beneath.
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