US 2 trestle travelers in Snohomish County invited to learn about a new study that also includes I-5

A map of the US 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens.

Those who travel on or near the US 2 trestle in Snohomish County are invited to comment on the draft purpose and need statement for a new study of the trestle and a section of Interstate 5, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said.

The US 2 trestle in Snohomish County is the only direct route across the Snohomish River between eastern Snohomish County and the I-5 corridor in Everett. In partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT is completing a planning and environmental linkages study. These studies are designed to gather public input about transportation issues and environmental concerns for specific areas. In the case of US 2, the study will help identify improvements that could improve traffic flow on and around the trestle for all travelers.

The first step of the US 2 study is to develop a purpose and need statement with public input. The final statement will carry over to the future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review helping to speed up that process. A NEPA review is required for all transportation projects receiving federal funding or permits.

To help travelers learn about the study and comment, WSDOT is hosting an online open house and survey for four weeks. Online open house attendees can review the study background, complete a survey about their travel on or near the US 2 trestle, and review and provide comment on the draft NEPA purpose and need statement. There will also be more opportunities to comment in the future. Content is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Online open house information

When: Now through Friday, June 7


Voicemail comments also accepted: 425-233-8970

Access for participation

Free Wi-Fi access is available through Snohomish County libraries Additional Wi-Fi locations are provided through the Washington State Department of Commerce.

  1. By the time you get done with another study and construction, guess what you’ll need another study.

    Slow down the growth and give our wild life a break.

    All about the money

  2. I travel Soper Hill – Sunnyside – 204 – US2 – I5 to Everett Every morning and Every evening to home. There are a lot of changes that need to be improved if Lake Stevens, Marysville and Arlington continue the growth they are on!! Coming off US 2 to 204 in the evening I take my life in my hands due to the congestion!! Fix it and get federal funds so you do not need a toll!!!

  3. I think a eastbound lane of highway 2 should be a continuation of 41st street, all the way up to highway 9. Four lanes going east! the current East/west trestle then becomes westbound only. 2 lanes fed by highway 204 with a direct on ramp from Sunnyside boulevard, and two lanes fed by highway 9 and westbound Hewitt ave.

  4. I’ve lived in the Lake Stevens/Machias area for 37 years now. It’s amazing that these huge housing developments are built and the developers don’t have to contribute money to improve the roads or West bound US 2. Same roads but the population has probably increased 500%. I’m guessing the local mayor and their representatives have no idea what it’s like trying to get on the tressel west bound at 7am on a Tuesday. I work 23 miles from home but it takes 30 minutes just to get out of Lake Stevens and across the tressel. Fix the roads.

  5. I agree with Lisa Govaert. Developers in communities east of the Route 2 trestle should pay a tax— perhaps per unit—to support repair and expansion of the roads.

    There should be a strong effort made by the Planning Commission in Snohomish County to consider all infrastructure in an area before granting permission to develop land for housing. A very large apartment development on Paradise Lake Road, in Maltby near the intersection with 522, has begun work. The nearest grocery store is many miles away, let alone a high school. There is no public transportation at all in the area, and schools are already jam-packed. The traffic at the intersection with the highway is bumper-to-bumper for long hours in the morning and in the evening from 3:00-7:00 pm. Add the traffic from hundreds of apartment units, and the result will be chaos.Many huge, heavy trucks already use Maltby Road, Paradise Lake Road, and Route 522, and the roads are crumbling and getting pounded.

    The improvement of the Route 2 trestle is essential, but the Planning Commission should more heavily consider ALL infrastructure and traffic circumstances when granting development rights to builders.

  6. I think I get so irritated if everyone would use the roads like they’re supposed to especially when you’re coming down to go to the trestle from the lake Stevens area and it says the right lane is for only two people in a car, a bus, etc. and early in the morning. All these people 1 in the car are on the right coming down that lane where everyone is that supposed in the left ,then right lane going down the hill and then they come down and want to get let in and if they would’ve just stayed in the other lane we all would’ve been able to go on down it’s that one lane that causes a big back up because everybody’s trying to merge over when they shouldn’t of even been over there .
    So get rid of that right lane early in the morning all together and everyone would be in one street line and we’d all just move right on the big back up is right there before you get right down to the trestle like I said early in the morning before 9 o’clock all these people with one in the car are in the right lane trying to at the last minute merge over to the left to ridiculous

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