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US 2 Trestle Capacity Improvements & Westbound Trestle Replacement

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The US 2 trestle in Snohomish County is the only direct route across the Snohomish River between eastern Snohomish County and the Interstate 5 (I-5) corridor and Everett. In partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT is completing a federal Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the US 2 trestle and a section of I-5. Consistent with 23 U.S.C.168, this PEL Study intends to adopt the Purpose and Need statement into the future National Environmental Policy Act review process.

The goals of this online open house are to:

  • Help us understand your experience traveling on or near the US 2 trestle and
  • Gather feedback on the draft Purpose & Need statement.

How to participate

Review the background sections below. Then complete the User Survey and/or submit a comment through the options listed on the Contact page through June 7. 

Background

Since 2009, a series of planning studies identified a need for improvements to the US 2 westbound trestle, most recently the US 2 Westbound Trestle Study. In this 2021 report, WSDOT concluded that trestle traffic issues would continue if the westbound trestle was replaced without addressing the bottleneck at I-5. The report also recommended that a future study:

  • Expand the study area to include a section of I-5 and areas east of the trestle.
  • Evaluate multimodal mobility, including transit, high occupancy vehicles, and active transportation like walking, rolling, and cycling, within the expanded study area. 
  • Continue engagement with tribes, agencies, and community groups and organizations throughout the process.

In 2022, the Washington State Legislature authorized funding for the US 2 Trestle Capacity Improvements and Westbound Trestle Replacement to study the 2021 recommendations. We will also consider findings from the City of Everett’s I-5/US 2 Interchange Planning Study which evaluated alternatives to redesign the interchange and connections to city streets.

  • 2009
    US 2 Westbound Trestle Study
  • 2016
    US 2 Everett Port/Naval Station to SR 9 Corridor Planning Study
  • 2018
    US 2/SR 204/20th St SE Interchange Justification Report
    US 2 Westbound Trestle Funding and Finance Study
  • 2021
    US 2 Westbound Trestle PEL (Planning and Environmental Linkages) Study
  • 2023
    Everett I-5/US 2 Interchange Study

Study area and timeline

Following legislative direction, this federal PEL Study considers a preliminary study area that includes the US 2 trestle, I-5 from Marysville to south Everett, and a portion of SR 9. The final report is anticipated in fall 2025, with public engagement throughout the process.

Map showing the US 2 Trestle Capacity Improvements & Westbound Trestle Replacement study area, including the trestle itself, its connections onto I-5, and the surrounding areas.
The US 2 Trestle Capacity Improvements & Westbound Trestle Replacement study area includes the trestle itself, its connections onto I-5, and the surrounding areas.

Community listening sessions

From January to April 2024, WSDOT spoke with representatives from 15 community-based organizations to understand how people, especially vulnerable populations and overburdened communities, travel on or around the US 2 trestle. We heard that:

  • Those who use the trestle experience heavy and routine traffic bottlenecks on and around the trestle, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes.
  • Trestle related back-ups affect other highways and roads in the study area that feed into I-5, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes.
  • With few alternatives, those on the east side rely on the trestle to access the I-5 corridor for medical needs, jobs, and recreation.
  • The existing bike facilities to access the two-way path on the eastbound trestle are perceived as dangerous, even for experienced cyclists.
  • Transit service to cross the trestle is unappealing, both in frequency and time of day. Access to park and rides and options like on-demand transit are appealing.