Welcome to the online open house for the I-5/US-2 Interchange Planning Study

Where US 2 and I-5 meet is a busy area for traffic. Two highways, on- and off-ramps and local streets all come together at different elevations. Known as an interchange, we are studying it and the effects of other area projects to accommodate future growth and development in the region. We want your feedback and thoughts because understanding the experiences and goals of the community as a whole is essential for planning the future of this area.

You can use this site to:

  • Learn about the project and its history
  • Learn about the investments being made in the region
  • Review the project schedule
  • Tell us your experience traveling through the corridor
  • Give your feedback on the project
  • Sign up for email updates


Aerial shot of the I-5 and US-2 interchange.

Map of the study area.

Background and introduction

Snohomish County is the second fastest-growing county in Washington, and the City of Everett serves as the engine of its economy. The Everett area is a regional growth center, with significant business, governmental and cultural facilities. As the City evolves from its former industrial roots, it is working toward expanding mixed-use development to increase housing and retail in the city center and around Everett Station. This development will support having walkable neighborhoods close to regional rail, local transit and employment.  

Based on planned growth, traffic forecasting and the expansion of the US 2 West Trestle, we anticipate higher demand for all modes of travel, including more traffic to flow through the I-5/US 2 interchange in the coming years. Morning traffic volumes on the I-5 corridor north of Everett are predicted to increase by 20 percent by 2040, while traffic on the US 2 trestle at the Snohomish River crossing will increase by about 35 percent. The I-5/US 2 interchange, which is already congested during peak travel periods, is at the hub of this growing demand. Alleviating this anticipated congestion is critical to meeting the City’s commitments to providing safe pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.


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Next steps and project schedule

Thank you for engaging with us and providing your feedback. Public input is vital to developing a study that serves the needs of the community. Stay up-to-date by signing up for our mailing list.

We plan to update the community on our progress in 2023, when there will be more opportunities to share your thoughts.

Project schedule

Summer-fall 2022

  • Identify methods and assumptions

Fall 2022

  • Virtual public open house

Fall-winter 2022

  • Understand baseline conditions, issues and needs for the study and begin developing improvement alternatives

Winter-spring 2023

  • Screen improvement alternatives

Spring 2023

  • Public open house

Summer 2023

  • Recommend improvement alternatives

Fall 2023

  • Select preferred improvement alternative.
  • Host final public open house.

Winter 2023

  • Draft and publish final study report

Aerial shot of the I-5 and US-2 interchange.

Aerial shot of the I-5 and US-2 interchange.



The online open house survey has closed. Thank you for your feedback. If you have questions or comments, send us an email at I5US2study@everettwa.gov.

View from the intersection of Hewitt Avenue and Maple Street, facing the US 2 East ramp to Snohomish.

View from the intersection of Hewitt Avenue and Maple Street, facing the US 2 East ramp to Snohomish.