The concrete panels, especially between 38th Street and the Puyallup Bridge, are crumbling apart with wide gaps in them. Already I have seen chunks of pavement come loose.
This is a very dangerous situation to drivers.
During the next six years, they’ll widen it to accommodate new high-occupancy vehicle lanes, replacing overpasses and building new bridges over the Puyallup River.
The first phase of the project (which will start next month and take about three years) includes replacing the entire concrete driving surface on existing lanes between Portland Avenue and South M Street, according to Jon Deffenbacher, the Transportation Department’s project engineer.
You’re right about it needing to be done. Most of the driving surface has been in place since the freeway was constructed in the 1960s, Deffenbacher said.