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April 18, 2017

22-mile I-5 rehab starting near Kent

KENT — Crews from Gary Merlino Construction Co. started work yesterday on the first part of a two-phase effort to rehabilitate 22 miles of Interstate 5 between Kent and Seattle.

“We've been maintaining I-5 for more than 50 years, but it's time for major preservation work so the interstate can continue to serve our region for decades to come,” said WSDOT Northwest Regional Administrator Lorena Eng in a news release.

Merlino is rehabbing pavement on northbound I-5 from South 260th Street to the Duwamish River Bridge. That phase has a $31 million total budget and is expected to finish in late 2018.

The second phase, a design-build project, will start later this year and finish in late 2019. It will rehab northbound I-5 from MLK Jr. Way to the Northeast Ravenna Bridge. Total budget is $36.2 million and a contract has yet to be awarded.

Most of the work will take place at night and weekends.

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