Express lanes

Find schedule information and view a map of the I-5 express lanes.

The I-5 express lanes help traffic flow during busy travel times. These lanes move in the direction that will relieve the most congestion and are on a typical daily schedule that changes on weekends and occasionally for major events.

I-5 express lanes schedule

Monday-Friday

  • Southbound - 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Northbound - 11:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Closed: 11 p.m. - 5 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday

  • Southbound - 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Northbound - 1:45 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Closed: 11 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Special events schedule

I-5 express lanes will fully close on these dates at 8 p.m. for work on the I-5 Seneca project

Monday January 31 through Thursday February 3, and Monday February 7 through Thursday February 10, nightly. They will reopen each morning at their normal time.

I-5 express lanes map

Map showing location of I-5 express lanes through Seattle

Traffic fatality crashes on Washington public roadways

increased 56% in March 2021 compared to March 2020.

11,906 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during the third quarter of 2021, nearly 6% more than same quarter in 2020.

WSF ridership was nearly 5.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022,

which was 1.6 million (38.3%) higher than the corresponding quarter in FY2021