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


  • 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  

Express lanes stay southbound for winter weather

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, the I-5 Express Lanes will switch to the southbound direction and remain open in that configuration until Monday, Dec. 5 due to expected winter weather in the forecast. Weather conditions will be reassessed on Monday morning to determine whether there will be a normally scheduled weekday reversal to northbound. Please check back on this page often for updates.

Express lanes close early

The I-5 Express Lanes will close early at 8 p.m. on the following dates to facilitate roadwork within the lanes:

Dec. 5 - 8,

Dec. 12 - 15, and

Dec. 19 - 22

I-5 express lanes map

Map showing location of I-5 express lanes through Seattle

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