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Busy Weekend Ahead for Washington Drivers: What to Know

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SEATTLE – Summer roadwork will be in full swing around western Washington this weekend, adding delays for drivers heading to major events, including a three-game home series for the Seattle Mariners and a pair of popular music festivals throughout the weekend. .

Interstate 5 will see the most disruptions, including lane reductions and temporary closures, and on the east side, a section of State Route 18 will be fully closed Saturday. Taking a break wasn’t an option, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, even as legions of Mariners fans head to T-Mobile Park over the next three days.

WSDOT wrote on Thursday:

“We still have work to do. Work which, due to the extensive concrete paving involved, can only be done when we have dry, warmer weather. In our part of the world, this is “a very small window. The concrete needs time to cure, so not everything can be done between midnight and 6 am. There is not enough time to avoid summer day work.

Postponing the work is not an option. We have a full work program this summer that we must try to complete. A postponement would cost a lot of money and would seriously delay our ability to make highway improvements and affect work already planned for next summer. And, while disruptive now, all of this work will help improve travel throughout the region for years to come. »

“Revive I-5” expansion joint replacements will reduce southbound lanes between Interstate 90 and the West Seattle Bridge beginning Friday night, shortly after the Mariners sold-out game begins, and will continue until early Monday. In addition, major maintenance will completely close I-5 southbound between Stewart and Spring streets between 9 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.

Northbound I-5 will lose two northbound lanes for scheduled repairs to the ship’s channel bridge, which is likely to cause delays for drivers from late Saturday evening to early Sunday morning.

On the east side, State Route 18 will close in both directions between Interstate 90 and Issaquah-Hobart Road, allowing WSDOT crews to tackle a long list of tasks. Planned works include resurfacing and other maintenance and preliminary engineering work for the future highway widening. Contractors will also use the closure to inspect bridges and conduct other surveys.

(Washington State Department of Transportation)

Here’s a recap of what to expect this weekend, from the WSDOT:

  • Revive I-5 work will continue again as we continue to replace expansion joints. Southbound I-5 traffic between I-90 and the West Seattle Bridge will be redirected to the collector-distributor lanes around 7:30 p.m. Friday — after the Mariners game begins — until 5 a.m. Monday. This will add delays so that anyone who can deviate from the zone will help others pass more easily.
  • Southbound I-5 will be fully closed between Stewart and Spring streets, with lanes beginning to close at 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday for major maintenance.
  • Two right-hand lanes of northbound I-5 will be closed from SR 520 to NE 45th Street from 11 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for maintenance of the Ship Canal Bridge. The I-5 express lanes will run northbound all weekend except from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday when they are southbound.
  • SR 18 will be fully closed between I-90 and the Issaquah-Hobart Highway for a variety of work, including extensive maintenance.

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