Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Want to see kickoff this weekend? Don’t take I-405

By Caitlin Morris

So you’ve been hearing about express toll lanes for a while now. It’s finally go time: the I-405 express toll lanes start this Sunday, September 27.

But before the new lanes can open, crews have to complete 300,000 feet of restriping on I-405 – that’s 850 CenturyLink Fields! To do that, I-405 will be funneled down to two lanes between Bellevue and Bothell. That means 250,000 weekend drivers need to plan for big delays or use alternate routes to get where they need to be this weekend.

Closure details 
Between 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 to noon Sunday, Sept. 27:

  • Two lanes in both directions of I-405 will remain open between I-90 in Bellevue and NE 195th in Bothell 
  • All NE 6th Direct Access Ramps will be closed 
  • All NE 128th Direct Access Ramps will be closed 
  • During late evening and early morning hours, southbound I-405 may be reduced to one lane in each direction at SR 520 and SR 522

The work we’re doing is weather dependent. If it is delayed, it will impact the Sunday, Sept. 27, opening of express toll lanes.

Check out our fact sheet (pdf 548 kb) for detours and closure information. Also, you can get real-time traffic information on your phone with the WSDOT traffic app, by tracking the WSDOT traffic Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the What’s Happening Now page.

It’s not just the Seahawks kicking off on Sunday: Express toll lanes go live Sept. 27
Come Sunday, drivers will have a new option to get home faster when the new I-405 express toll lanes open to traffic. Learn everything you need to know and get Good to Go! on

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