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Skanska Selected by Washington State Department of Transportation as Contractor for I-405 Project in Bothell

Skanska, a renowned global construction and development firm, has recently entered into a significant contract with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to undertake a substantial expansion and operational enhancement project along a critical stretch of the I-405 corridor in Bothell, Washington.

The I-405, Brickyard to SR 527 Improvement Project is designed to address pressing infrastructure needs and improve traffic conditions along a 4.5-mile section of the I-405 highway. The primary objective of this project is to expand the existing dual express toll lane (ETL) system, which will extend from just south of the I-405/SR 522 interchange to the I-405/SR 527 interchange. The comprehensive project scope encompasses various components, including the addition of new lanes, the construction of direct access ramps, improvements to interchanges, enhancements to support Sound Transit’s Stride Bus Rapid Transit program, and the installation of new fish passage culverts within the project area.

Construction activities for this substantial project are anticipated to commence in November 2023, with a targeted completion date set for late-2028.

Skanska has teamed up with AECOM, a leading engineering and design firm, for the project, with AECOM serving as the lead designer. AECOM’s pivotal role in the project involves providing comprehensive design and engineering services aimed at delivering critical upgrades to the transportation infrastructure. These upgrades will focus on optimizing traffic flow, expanding express toll lane capacity, and making substantial improvements to benefit transit riders and carpoolers. AECOM’s design services will align with WSDOT standards, emphasizing constructability, risk minimization, and safety integration into the design process.

James Bailey, the executive vice president of Skanska USA Civil’s West Coast operations, expressed the company’s enthusiasm for collaborating with the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit on this vital project. Bailey emphasized that the project’s multifaceted nature would present challenges, but Skanska’s extensive experience in infrastructure and transportation projects, coupled with its established local partnerships, would ensure successful project completion. Bailey highlighted that the project’s impact would be far-reaching, relieving congestion, enhancing mobility, and improving transit connectivity in a region where such improvements are urgently needed.

Skanska is globally recognized as one of the largest construction and development companies, with a strong presence and track record of successful projects. In Washington, Skanska has previously collaborated with WSDOT and Sound Transit on several projects, showcasing their expertise in infrastructure construction and interchange improvements that minimize community impact. These projects include the Lynwood Link Extension (L300), I-5 / SR16 Realignment, and the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

From the project’s initial conception through to its final completion, Skanska remains committed to providing local opportunities. The company has implemented various programs, such as small business mentorship, apprenticeships, and internships, to support public works projects like the I-405 Brickyard to SR 527 Improvement Project. These programs contribute to the overall success of the project while fostering community growth and development.

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