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First ‘Revive I-5’ weekend with lane closures through downtown Seattle now in the books

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 07:55

POSTPONED: The weekend work scheduled for April 28-29 is postponed due to expected inclement weather. The work is rescheduled for the weekend of May 12-13.

Tom Pearce, communications, 206-440-4696
Dave Lindberg, project engineer, 425-225-8725

Similar northbound I-5 lane closures scheduled April 28-29

SEATTLE – Favorable weather over the weekend allowed for major preservation work on northbound Interstate 5 between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown Seattle. The focus now shifts to this coming weekend’s work.

This past weekend Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews poured the equivalent of more than 150 cement mixer loads of concrete in the right lanes of I-5 near the West Seattle Bridge and replaced the right half of six expansion joints underneath the Seattle Convention Center.

“There is so much to do on I-5 to keep it reliable for freight haulers and commuters that it’s important to complete this work as soon as possible,” said Project Engineer Dave Lindberg. “We understand the weekend work is inconvenient for people, but these lane and ramp closures allow us to do a large amount of work in a short period of time.”

More lane reductions this weekend
Additional work is scheduled for the weekend of April 28-29, when the crews will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes in the same area. This time contractors will complete the following work:

  • Replace more concrete on the interstate near the West Seattle Bridge as well as under the I-90 interchange.
  • Replace the left half of seven expansion joints between University and Mercer streets.

Lane reductions will begin near Michigan Street at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, April 30. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown. All northbound I-5 traffic will be routed through the collector-distributor lanes. People who drive should note that the collector-distributor is temporarily restriped so the right lane is an exit only to Madison Street. This configuration will remain in place through the summer.

Ramp closures
The following ramps will be closed during the weekend construction:

  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Express Lanes
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • Westbound I-90 to northbound I-5 on-ramp
  • Eastbound I-90/Edgar Martinez Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5

Plan ahead and use alternatives
With northbound I-5 limited to two lanes, people who use the freeway will need to plan to use alternatives:

  • Transit, carpools and vanpools
  • I-405, I-90, and state routes 99, 509 and 599
  • Travel before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Consider postponing discretionary trips

Know before you go
Before heading out the door, travelers can get real-time traffic information about #ReviveI5 on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app and by tracking the WSDOT Traffic Twitter feed.

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