Long-term Closures of Several Rest Areas Along I‑5 Begins Oct. 15

Posted October 14, 2021 at 5:42 am by

Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion shares this alert…

EVERETT – Trav­el­ers who fre­quent­ly use rest areas along Inter­state 5 between Everett and the Cana­di­an bor­der will need to plan for long-term clo­sures, begin­ning Fri­day, Oct. 15.

The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion closed the south­bound I‑5 Sil­ver Lake Rest Area, locat­ed at mile­post 188 in Everett, for main­te­nance work and clean­ing on Sept. 24. This clo­sure will be extend­ed indefinitely. 

In addi­tion, rest areas locat­ed on north­bound and south­bound I‑5 at Smokey Point north of Marysville and at Custer north of Belling­ham, will close for at least three months begin­ning Fri­day, Oct. 15.

“The deci­sion to close these rest areas is not tak­en light­ly,” said Mor­gan Balogh, WSDOT assis­tant region­al admin­is­tra­tor for Main­te­nance. “Our pri­or­i­ty is keep­ing the road­way safe for all users and we need to shift our resources mov­ing into the win­ter months.”

The rest areas are use­ful for peo­ple who need to take a break from the high­way. How­ev­er, in recent months, there have been numer­ous issues with some vis­i­tors who are not using the facil­i­ties for their intend­ed pur­pose. This includes those who extend their stay beyond the post­ed lim­its, ille­gal dis­pos­al of trash and waste, van­dal­iz­ing the build­ings, ver­bal­ly abus­ing and even threat­en­ing WSDOT employees. 

The dump sta­tions for recre­ation­al vehi­cles will remain closed at Sil­ver Lake and in both direc­tions at Smokey Point. The agency is work­ing to open access for the RV dump sta­tions at the north­bound I‑5 Smokey Point Rest Area in the next few weeks. Nei­ther of the Custer Rest Areas have dump stations.

WSDOT will reeval­u­ate reopen­ing all rest area facil­i­ties ear­ly next year and will make a deci­sion based on crew and resource availability.

Before head­ing out the door, check traf­fic and the lat­est block­ing inci­dents on the WSDOT app, the WSDOT Traf­fic Twit­ter feed and find dump sites via the WSDOT Rest Areas web­page.

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