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Crews to smooth the edges of I-405 in Renton next week

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Date:  Friday, December 14, 2012

Contact: Bart Treece, WSDOT Communications, 206-440-4473 (Shoreline)

RENTON – Drivers will see a different kind of daily grind than their usual morning coffee or commute on Interstate 405 in Renton next week.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews will close the right lane of northbound I-405 between State Route 181 and State Route 167 to grind pavement on the shoulder so water can drain away instead of pooling onto the roadway. The work was scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, but since it is weather dependent, it will begin Wednesday, Dec. 19.

“We need to take care of this now, before freezing temperatures create a dangerous situation by turning that standing water into ice,” said Dave McCormick, assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. “This is a pretty simple fix that can make a huge difference.”

Crews will start at sunrise and work until around noon. For safety reasons, the grinding work must be completed during daylight hours.

Drivers should expect delays and add time to their trip, or take an alternate route. All vehicles will be allowed to use the HOV lane within the work zone.

In the Seattle area, drivers should stay plugged in with WSDOT’s online travel tools, such as the Seattle traffic page, the What’s Happening Now page, Twitter feed or our mobile app.

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