Beginning next Monday, Jan. 11, northbound traffic on State Avenue between 100th and 104th Streets NE will be required to take a 3.4-mile detour for construction. The all-hours detour for this work is expected to last through Sunday, Jan. 24. Southbound traffic will be not be detoured but may be delayed by lane restrictions during construction.
The detour will divert northbound traffic northeast on Shoultes Road, then north on 51st Avenue NE, then east on 136th Street NE, returning to Smokey Point Boulevard (State Avenue). Drivers should plan for local trips to take an extra 10-15 minutes depending on the time of day and final destination.
Businesses and local residential access for residents will remain open during construction. Detour signage will be in place.
The detour is needed for the city’s contractor to install deep sewer lines to the north and the south of the new bridge as part of the city’s widening of State Avenue north of 100th Street NE. When construction is complete later this year, the State Avenue roadway between 100th and 104th will have five lanes instead of three along with curb, gutter and sidewalk and street lighting to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.