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Friday, September 23, 2011
Seema Javeri, WSDOT Project Engineer, (425) 889-0244
Steve Peer, WSDOT Communications, (425) 301-2023
BELLEVUE – The weekend forecast has cast a shadow on plans to close northbound I-405 this weekend. A 60 percent chance of rain on Sunday has postponed the closure until next weekend.
“We were ready for construction this weekend, but with rain in the forecast, it’s not worth the risk,” said Seema Javeri, WSDOT project engineer. The weekend work included laying down permanent striping on I-405. With the significant changes in the way the roadway and lanes were laid out, the striping had to be perfect. A rainy work zone would prevent crews from putting down the good quality striping that’s needed in this area.
“It’s really about driver safety,” Javeri said. “Drivers need to see lanes clearly. We are in a position to wait another week to get that good forecast.”
The weekend closure was scheduled so that crews connect new ramps to I-405 and SR 520. The closure will be rescheduled for the next good weather weekend, which could be as early as next weekend, Oct. 1. Contingencies were built into the project schedule and this will not delay the overall project.
The delay means drivers have a bit more time to prepare for major changes coming to ramps in Bellevue. After the weekend closure, coming within weeks or months, new ramps will open in Bellevue.
Crews have been working hard the last several months on new braided ramps in Bellevue that will eliminate the merge on I-405. Signs will direct drivers to SR 520 and I-405 using the new ramps:
- Going to SR 520? Use NE 10th Street. Drivers will no longer have access to SR 520 from NE Eighth Street.
- Headed to I-405? Use NE Eighth Street. Drivers will use a longer ramp to reach northbound I-405.
- Mainline drivers should prepare to exit to SR 520 nearly one-half mile earlier from northbound I-405.
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For more information on the project please visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i405/ne8thtosr520/
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