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Weekend travel delays on Westbound I-90, starting Friday night, Feb. 10

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 10:16

Annie Johnson, WSDOT communications, 206-716-1165
Rachelle Cunningham, Sound Transit communications, 206-398-5069

BELLEVUE – Drivers should plan for longer weekend travel times on westbound Interstate 90 across Lake Washington as contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit continue work to add around-the-clock HOV lanes to I-90.

Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 10, until 5 a.m. Monday morning, Feb. 13, westbound I-90 traffic will be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way Southeast and funneled into the express lanes. This will allow crews inside the tunnels to upgrade the tunnel safety systems as part of a WSDOT project to add HOV lanes to both directions of I-90 and the Sound Transit East Link light rail extension.

“We know congestion can be frustrating, so we’re asking travelers to help minimize delays this weekend by planning ahead,” said WSDOT traffic engineer Mike Swires. “We need as many drivers as possible to carpool, use transit or travel early or late in the day to avoid major backups.”

Drivers should also plan for lengthy delays along Interstate 405, State Route 520 and Interstate 5.

Traffic details

11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, until 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13

  • Westbound I-90 traffic between Bellevue Way Southeast and Rainier Avenue South will be routed to the express lanes.
  • The exit from westbound I-90 to Rainier Avenue South will be closed.
  • Westbound drivers heading to Mercer Island will need to exit at East Mercer Way.
  • Drivers traveling from Mercer Island to Seattle can access the express lanes at Island Crest Way or 77th Avenue Southeast.
  • Flammable materials will be prohibited on westbound I-90. Drivers hauling flammable cargo must use alternate routes such as I-405 or state routes 520 or 522.
  • The I-90 Trail will not be affected.

Special events during the work

Seattle RV Show at CenturyLink Field:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Upcoming I-90 weekend closures

The next weekend-long closures are scheduled for Mar. 10-13 and Mar. 24-27. Drivers should plan for additional weekend-long closures until the project wraps up in mid-2017.

Know before you go
Thousands of vehicles travel across the I-90 floating bridge on a typical weekend. WSDOT needs drivers’ help to prevent regional gridlock.

  • Check the Seattle traffic website for travel times and alerts.
  • Call 511 for real-time travel information.
  • Ride transit, carpool or use other alternative modes of transportation.
  • Travel early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • During the day, drivers should expect increased congestion on local streets, especially Rainier Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South and South Dearborn Street in Seattle; and Bellevue Way Southeast in Bellevue.

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