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I-5 - Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr - Paving - Bridge Joint Replacement

I-5 and US 101 lanes and ramps close in Olympia for bridge expansion joint replacement  

Construction crews working for WSDOT will continue to replace a worn bridge expansion joint on Interstate 5 near Capitol Lake in Olympia. This work has been scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 19. The work will require numerous day and night lane closures on I-5 and US 101. The work could create extensive traffic congestion on northbound and southbound I-5 and on US 101 approaching I-5. 

The weekend's closures will begin each Friday night.  For more details about the overall project, see the project page. Got questions about the expansion joint work itself, or what the closures mean for the Friday commute? Visit our Common Questions page.

Previously damaged bridge joint
Crews will repair this bridge joint over I-5 in Olympia as part of a critical safety project. This photo illustrates previous damage that will be permanently repaired.

What can drivers expect?

Drivers can expect lane and ramp closures, narrowed lanes, and traffic shifts as contractor crews conduct expansion joint repair work. The replacement project will require around-the-clock closures of some lanes of northbound and southbound I-5 and US 101 approaching I-5.

Expansion joint lane closure map

What can drivers do?

WSDOT encourages drivers avoid this area of I-5 in Olympia. If drivers must use I-5 during the lane closures, they should plan a strategy to deal with potentially long daytime delays and heavy congestion. On a typical weekend, this stretch of I-5 is traveled by more than 276,000 vehicles.

To help reduce congestion during the construction, WSDOT strongly encourages drivers to:

  • Avoid the area.
  • Reschedule or eliminate discretionary trips.
  • Travel early.
  • Allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination.
  • Consider exiting I-5 and US 101 sooner than usual and take alternate routes to reach your destination.
  • Know before you go. Check WSDOT cameras to see current conditions.

WSDOT will do everything possible to keep traffic moving during the weekend lane closures. Incident Response Teams will be on duty to clear incidents and stalled vehicles that worsen backups.

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