SR 96 - I-5 Interchange Vic to SR 9 Vic - Paving & ADA Compliance

Project news

  • Work on this project has resumed. Crews are repaving the Seattle Hill Road section of SR 96. People traveling in this area should plan for day and night work with single lane closures and flaggers.
  • Work to place chip seal pavement on the Lowell-Larimer Road section of SR 96 will begin July 29. Expect daytime lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic.
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Contractor crews from Cadman Inc. have grinded and repaved about 3 miles of State Route 96 between Interstate 5 near Mill Creek and Seattle Hill Road. They also installed a curb in the median of SR 96 at 12th Drive Southeast to increase safety by restricting left turns.

In addition, the northbound I-5 on-ramp at SR 96 was repaved, along with the southbound I-5 on-ramp. Dozens of existing pedestrian ramps also were rebuilt to provide a smoother transition between the sidewalks and crosswalks.

Crews now are:

  • Installing permanent striping on SR 96 between I-5 and Seattle Hill Road.
  • Grinding and repaving SR 96/Seattle Hill Road to East Lowell-Larimer Road at Larimer's Corner.
  • Grinding and repaving the northbound I-5 off-ramp to SR 96.

In the summer crews will use chip seal the repave about 1.9 miles of Lowell-Larimer Road between Seattle Hill Road and Springhetti Road.

Up to 45,000 vehicles use this section of SR 96 each day. The area was last repaved between 1996 and 2003. 

The End Result

This project will provide drivers with a smoother, safer ride on SR 96. New pavement will preserve the life of the roadway and reduce maintenance needs.

Needs & benefits

  • Safety: Improving the highway surface eliminates and helps prevent future potholes, cracks and wheel ruts where water can collect. This gives drivers a safer, smoother ride. Reconstructed ADA-compliant pedestrian ramps create an easier transition between street and sidewalk.
  • Economic: Paving reduces the need for emergency pavement repairs, which are costly to taxpayers and can cause additional congestion during peak commute hours.


  • Spring 2018: Construction began.
  • Fall 2018: Construction suspended for winter.
  • May 20, 2019: Construction will resume.
  • Summer 2019: Construction is scheduled to be complete.


Financial Data for PIN 109601B, 109601C, 109641B, 109641C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $9,344
CWA $0
Total $9,344


Tom Pearce
WSDOT communications