Thursday, May 17, 2018

#ReviveI5, US 2 closure to hit Seattle and Snohomish County traffic hard this weekend, May 19-20

By Ally Barrera

The combination of popular spring events and major roadwork mean people planning to head to either Seattle or around Snohomish County this weekend should prepare for substantial traffic delays.

Travelers should plan extra time to get around, as well as:
  • Take public transportation (including the train or light rail).
  • Carpool
  • Travel early or late
  • Avoid discretionary trips if possible.
One glance at this week's Weekend Paint Map, and you'll see why we are urging folks to plan ahead.
Travelers in the Seattle and Snohomish County areas could see delays of up to an hour
due to major roadwork and special events

Westbound US 2 full closure
The westbound US 2 Hewitt Avenue trestle between Lake Stevens and Everett will be closed starting 7 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday. A detour will be in place via 20th Street Southeast, but travelers should prepare for long backups on all area roads, including State Route 9.

#ReviveI5 lane reductions
Northbound Interstate 5 will be down to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and SR 520 beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and lasting to 5 a.m. Monday. The following ramps will also close during this time:
  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Mercer Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
We saw large backups on northbound I-5 last weekend, and it took drivers at least a half hour to get through the closure area. We hope that if enough people stay away from northbound I-5 – either by taking alternate routes or limiting discretionary travel – we can keep the backups to a minimum.

I-5 Ship Canal Bridge maintenance work
Our bridge maintenance crews will close the two left lanes of northbound I-5 between SR 520 and Northeast 45th/50th Street on Saturday and Sunday mornings for some much needed deck repair work.
Bridge crews will spend the weekend repairing areas of the Ship Canal Bridge deck, like the one above

The far left lane will close from 3 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday. The second left lane will close from 3 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and from 3 to 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Express lanes open northbound
The I-5 express lanes will be open in the northbound direction from 11:15 a.m. Friday to 4:30 a.m. Monday. Because of this, travelers who use southbound I-5 between Lynnwood and Seattle should also expect big backups and slow speeds.

Beat the Bridge Run/Walk
Folks trying to get around the Montlake and University District neighborhoods should expect several road closures between the University Village shopping mall and just south of SR 520 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday.

The following roads and ramps will be closed during that time:
  • Both directions of Montlake Boulevard Northeast between Northeast 44th Street and Husky Stadium
  • Both directions of the Montlake Bridge
  • The westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard Northeast
  • The left turn lane on the eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard Northeast
Special Events
Friday, May 18:
  • Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field
  • Paul Simon concert, 7:30 p.m., KeyArena
Saturday, May 19:
  • University District Street Fair, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., U-District
  • Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers, 6:10 p.m., Safeco Field
  • Stars on Ice, 7:30 p.m., KeyArena
  • Chris Young concert, 7:30 p.m., Tacoma Dome
Sunday, May 20:
  • University District Street Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., U-District
  • Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers, 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field
We appreciate everyone's patience heading into this busy weekend. We also appreciate your help in spreading the word. If you know someone hitting the road in the Puget Sound area this weekend, make sure they know about the delays ahead of them!

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