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Friday, October 26, 2012
Bart Treece, WSDOT Communications, 206-440-4473 (Shoreline)
Drivers should plan ahead for changes Oct. 27 and 28
SEATTLE – Drivers who use the Interstate 5 and Interstate 90 express lanes should plan ahead for changes this weekend. Due to the expected heavy traffic heading to Seattle for the University of Washington game against Oregon State University on Saturday, Oct. 27, the I-90 express lanes will be westbound from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., just after kickoff. The lanes will reopen to eastbound traffic by 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday morning, Oct. 28, the I-5 express lanes will open by noon in the northbound direction. The lanes will be closed while maintenance crews clean the Ship Canal Bridge drainage system underneath the mainline bridge deck. To avoid standing water on driving lanes, crews must regularly flush and vacuum five large boxes beneath the bridge. The work must be done during daylight hours so crews can safely operate the equipment and access the boxes.
Drivers can monitor traffic conditions in downtown Seattle this weekend by checking the Seattle traffic map at http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/seattle/default.aspx. The map shows when the express lanes are open. Drivers can also find the express lane schedules for both I-5 and I-90 at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/ExpressLanes/default.htm, and learn the reasons for occasional weekend schedule adjustments at wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/why-are-express-lanes-going-wrong-way.html.
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