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Drivers should expect a busy first weekend of spring

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 11:40

Bart Treece, WSDOT Communications, 206-440-4473

Update: Sunday, March 23 - WSDOT contractor crews have completed nightime grinding work on southbound I-5.  Tonight's lane closures on I-5 have been cancelled. The I-5 express lanes will close at 11 p.m.

SEATTLE – Drivers who cross Lake Washington, connect to Interstate 5 from West Seattle or head south from the University District this weekend should plan ahead now. With several critical highway improvement projects shifting into high gear, the roads will be busy for the first weekend of spring. Drivers should add extra to time their trips and use an alternate route if necessary.

West Seattle Bridge to I-5
• Crews will close the ramps from the West Seattle Bridge to northbound I-5 and Columbian Way from 10 p.m. Friday, March 22, until 5 a.m. Monday, March 25. The ramp from Sixth Avenue South to northbound I-5 and South Columbian Way also will be closed for expansion joint replacement and bridge support repair.

I-5 Seattle - (cancelled)
• Crews will close up to three lanes of southbound I-5 from Northeast Ravenna Boulevard to Boylston Avenue North Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, each night from 10 p.m., until 10 a.m. for pavement grinding. The Ravenna on-ramp to southbound I-5 will also be closed at that time. The I-5 express lanes will be open to southbound traffic nightly from 9:45 p.m., until 1:30 p.m. the following day.

I-90 express lanes
• The Interstate 90 express lanes will be closed around the clock from 11 p.m. Friday, March 22 until 11 a.m., Sunday March 24. During the closure, Sound Transit will survey and drill for soil samples as part of the East Link Extension light rail project. The Seattle portion of the I-90 express lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Sunday – eastbound to Mercer Island only – in time for the Mercer Island Half Marathon.

Drivers can get real time traffic information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, tracking the WSDOT traffic twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.

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