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I-5 Construction for 2017 in Tukwila Wrapping Up

The start of fall typically means highway construction projects begin wrapping up for the winter. That includes I-5 construction work south of Seattle, with just two remaining weekend-long lane closures on northbound Interstate 5 in Tukwila.

The interstate will be reduced to two lanes north of the I-5/I-405/State Route 518 interchange from Friday, September 29, to Monday, October 2, and Friday, October 13, to Monday, October16. Drivers need to plan for lane closures starting at 8:00 p.m. each Friday, with all lanes reopened by 5:00 a.m. each Monday. The work is weather dependent.

During the weekend of September 29 to October 2, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace expansion joints in the left lanes of northbound I-5 at the Duwamish River. People driving should plan ahead for the following:

The northbound I-5 HOV bypass lane will be closed. The on-ramp from eastbound SR 518 to northbound I-5 will remain open, but drivers will need to merge right almost immediately. Both lanes exiting to SR 599 will remain open, providing an alternative route into Seattle.


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Expect Delays. Five Straight Weekends of I-5 Lane Restrictions in SeaTac

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports five straight weekends of northbound I-5 lane reductions in SeaTac have begun.

I-5 travelers should expect backups and delays on northbound Interstate 5 through SeaTac and Kent each of the next five weekends.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation have reduced northbound I-5 to two lanes during the first of five consecutive weekends. During the lane closures, crews will repave northbound I-5 between State Route 516 and the Southcenter area. Similar work during the weekend of June 3-4 resulted in backups of up to 6 miles.

“Drivers need to use alternatives, or be prepared for long delays,” said WSDOT Traffic Engineer Mike Swires. “We’ve already seen up to hour-long delays during the weekend in this area for this project. Travelers should use transit, take alternate routes, or delay or postpone their trips on northbound I-5 in the Kent-SeaTac area.”

Crews will also close the SR 516 on-ramps to northbound I-5 and the South 200th Street on- and off-ramps throughout the weekend. Drivers need to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the work zone in the left lanes.

All work is weather-dependent. If the weather holds, WSDOT expects to finish the work during the July 14–17 lane reductions.


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Northbound I-5 Construction Work Begins in Washington

After 50 years as the region’s main north-south route, Interstate 5 is about to get a much-needed facelift between Kent and Seattle. The Washington State Department of Transportation has started one of its most ambitious interstate restoration projects, renewing nearly 22 miles of northbound I-5 in the next three years.

More than 200,000 vehicles use the interstate daily – that’s 73 million families, commuters and freight carriers each year that rely on I-5. After five decades of use expansion joints are wearing out, concrete panels are broken and other sections of the highway have deep ruts.

“We’ve been maintaining I-5 for more than 50 years, but it’s time for major preservation work so the interstate can continue to serve our region for decades to come,” said WSDOT Northwest Regional Administrator Lorena Eng.

The work is actually two separate projects. The first started Monday, April 17, in south King County, contractor crews working for WSDOT will restore northbound I-5 between South 260th Street in Kent and the Duwamish River in Tukwila.

Later this year, contractor crews will start work on northbound I-5 between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle.

Most of the work will take place at night, but drivers can expect weekend-long lane closures on northbound I-5 for as many as 26 weekends. Much of that weekend work will take place during the next two to three summers. Dates have yet to be scheduled.

The work is scheduled be complete in 2019.

PROJECT DETAILS

South 260th Street to Duwamish River

Contractor crews from Gary Merlino Construction will complete northbound I-5 work similar to what has been done on southbound I-5 between the Duwamish River and Federal Way. To finish 8.9 miles of northbound rehabilitation by fall 2018, they will:

  • Replace eight expansion joints – four at Interurban Avenue and four on the Duwamish River Bridge
  • Repave four miles of all lanes between South 216th Street in SeaTac and South 178th Street in Tukwila
  • Replace about 440 broken concrete panels
  • Grind concrete sections to eliminate ruts

This I-5 construction project will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes on 10 weekends – four to replace the expansion joints and six to repave between South 216th and South 178th streets.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way to Northeast Ravenna Boulevard

Much of this 13-mile section of northbound I-5 is elevated freeway, with expansion joints connecting concrete highway sections. By late 2019, contractor crews will:

  • Replace 37 expansion joints
  • Replace all concrete panels from near the West Seattle Bridge to near the express lanes ramp, except for bridges
  • Replace hundreds of broken concrete panels
  • Grind concrete sections to remove ruts
  • Replace four bridge approach slabs on three bridges
  • Repave 24 on- and off-ramps

During 2017, work on this I-5 construction project will take place at night. In 2018 to 2019, contractor crews also will work at night, but could require up to 16 weekends of northbound I-5 lane closures.


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Seattle’s Museum Month is a Bargain for I-5 Culture Seekers

The Emerald City has long been praised as an artsy and laid-back destination with abundant natural beauty. Some I-5 travelers may be kept at bay during winter – a side effect of the typical Pacific Northwest weather – but the off-season may actually be the hottest time of year to explore Seattle. In 2015, Visit Seattle and Seattle’s hotels and museums decided it was high time to embrace Seattle’s winter weather, so to speak, so Museum Month was born.

With February quickly approaching, it’s time to check seattlemuseummonth.com for a list of participating hotels and book a visit. With downtown Seattle accommodations lined up, pick some museums and attractions that everyone in your party can enjoy. If you don’t know where to start, here are just a few ways to stay and play.

For the epicurean:
Seattle is a foodie town. Get a taste of Seattle’s favorite foods and culinary history at Edible City: A Delicious Journey at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). This immersive exhibit explores Seattle’s place in the culinary industry, featuring the harvest of local natural ingredients, preparation techniques made popular by the region’s celebrity chefs, and the art of pulling ingredients together for the final plated presentation.

For the artist:
Chihuly Garden and Glass celebrates its fifth year at Seattle Center and this year will feature more glass art education programming. Watch live glass-blowing demonstrations at the Community Hot Shop in the Glass Garden to see how these unique, colorful pieces come to life.

For a longer day trip, drive east to the Bellevue Art Museum, south to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, or take a ferry over to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

For the outdoorsy:
If you dream in landscape scenes, drop by the Seattle Art Museum for Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, on display beginning Feb. 16. The collection features 39 historically significant American and European landscape paintings from the past 400 years. The Seattle Art Museum also presents John Grade’s Middle Fork, a new installment of a reclaimed cedar sculpture to span the museum’s main entrance.

For some fresh air between museums, bundle up and take a walk through Volunteer Park and Olympic Sculpture Park. Bring along your camera and capture striking photos of Seattle’s scenery, featuring unobstructed views of The Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay.

For the culture seeker:
Formerly known as the EMP, the renamed and rebranded Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) at the Seattle Center is a goldmine for music paraphernalia – from classic rock to contemporary – as well as a hub for science fiction and pop culture enthusiasts. Through Museum Month, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds will be on display at MoPOP commemorating the famous sci-fi series’ 50th anniversary.

Dive into the Emerald City’s cultural diversity with a visit to the Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi exhibit at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Day in the Life of Bruce Lee: Do You Know Bruce: Part 3 at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, or Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts at the Northwest African American Museum. Cultural and historical exhibits can also be viewed at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Suquamish Tribal Museum, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and the Burke Museum.

For families:
Appreciate the circle of life by visiting the animals at Woodland Park Zoo. One adorable highlight this season is Yola, the baby gorilla. See Yola and a family of western lowland gorillas: mom Nadiri, silverback Leo and playmate Akenji. If the weather is damp, don’t miss the Zoomazium Indoor Nature Play Space, where kids can stretch out and play like their favorite zoo animals.

While many museums have a “do not touch” reputation, the Seattle Aquarium encourages hands-on interaction with sea life at the tide pools exhibit. Gently touch sea cucumbers, sea urchin, seastars and more. During Octopus Week – starring the giant Pacific octopus Feb. 18-26 – each day will feature hands-on activities, octopus feedings and talks.

For more hands-on action, drop by the Kids Discovery Museum for Messy Mondays. Docents help visitors explore visual arts through guided discovery every week.

For science and technology enthusiasts:
As one of the nation’s innovation hubs, many of Seattle’s exhibits reflect the history and progress of science and technology. Over 175 aircraft and spacecraft structures, as well as thousands of photographs and artifacts are displayed at the Museum of Flight, the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world.

Explore the elements of aviation at the Flying Heritage Collection – one of Museum Month’s new participants – or geek out over cars at the LeMay – America’s Car Museum and other curiosities at Living Computers: Museums + Labs.

Patrons must stay in one of the participating hotels to access Seattle Museum Month offers. For qualifying visitors, the discount will apply to all days participating museums are open in February, subject only to capacity. Some separate, specially ticketed exhibitions, programs and events at various participating museums are not included in Seattle Museum Month.

Guests must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts; these discounts will be valid for all guests staying in the hotel room (not to exceed four people) during hotel stay dates.


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I-5 RoadTrip – Seattle Space Needle Lights Up The Sky New Years Eve

The Space Needle will celebrate the arrival of 2017 with its 32nd annual fireworks spectacular – T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle. This year’s pyrotechnics display has been extended to ten minutes making it the largest show the Space Needle has ever produced. For the fourth year in a row, hometown partner T-Mobile, America’s Un-carrier, is the exclusive sponsor of the West Coast’s premier New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Space Needle will be illuminated in T-Mobile’s distinctive magenta brand color on Dec. 30-Dec. 31 as a precursor to the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Pyro Spectaculars, global fireworks experts for over 100 years, will design and coordinate the ten minute display. Pyrotechnics will illuminate the entire Space Needle from top to bottom. Gala New Year’s Eve parties are being held on the Observation Deck and at the SkyCity restaurant and have already sold out.

More than 20,000 people are expected to gather on the Seattle Center campus to watch the T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle show. The entire Seattle Center campus will be one big party with thousands of free giveaways from T-Mobile as all the revelers watch the amazing pyrotechnic effects being fired from 87 different locations on the iconic landmark. An estimated 400,000 will view the show from surrounding neighborhoods, along with another half-million tuning-in from home.


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Lane Closures, Traffic Impacts on I-5 in Washington Thru September

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts on Interstate 5 in King County thru September, 2016.

Express Lanes Schedule Changes
I-5 Region: Northwest County: King Location: Milepost(s) 165.29 – 172.43

WSDOT uses the I-5 express lanes to assist the flow of traffic during busy travel times. These lanes are scheduled to move in the direction that will relieve the most congestion from the transportation system.

Work schedule:

  • Saturday, Sept. 17 – The I-5 express lanes will remain closed until 10:30 a.m. for Ship Canal Bridge cleaning work. The lanes will open southbound by 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 18 – The I-5 express lanes will remain closed until 11 a.m. for Ship Canal Bridge cleaning work. The lanes will open southbound by 11:30 a.m.

I-5 Region: Northwest County: King Location: Milepost(s) 142.76 – 156.71

WSDOT contractor crews are rehabilitating southbound I-5 between the Duwamish River Bridge in Tukwila and South 320th Street in Federal Way.

Work schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8 – Up to four lanes of southbound I-5 from South 272nd Street to South 320th Street will be closed nightly beginning with one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon. This work is weather dependent.
  • Thru Friday, Sept. 9 – Up to two lanes of southbound I-5 from South 188th Street/Orilla Road South to SR 516/Kent Des Moines Road will be closed nightly beginning with one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon. This work is weather dependent.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, to the morning of Sunday, Sept. 11 – Up to four lanes of southbound I-5 from I-405 to SR 516/Kent Des Moines Road will be closed nightly beginning with one lane at 8 p.m. All lanes will reopen by noon. This work is weather dependent.
  • **HIGH IMPACT** Wednesday, Sept. 7, to the morning of Friday, Sept. 9 – The southbound I-405 ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. A signed detour will be in place. This work is weather dependent.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, to the morning of Friday, Sept. 9 – The 188th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. A signed detour will be in place. This work is weather dependent.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, to the morning of Friday, Sept. 9 – The southbound I-5 off- and on-ramps at South 200th Street/Military Road South will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly. A signed detour will be in place. This work is weather dependent.

Surveying Maintenance
I-5 Region: Northwest County: King Location: Milepost(s) 147.97 – 153.81
WSDOT maintenance crews are surveying monuments of northbound I-5 between Kent and Tukwila.

Work schedule:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, to the morning of Thursday, Sept. 8 – Up to four left lanes of northbound I-5 from South 259th Place in Kent to South 216th Street in Des Moines will be closed beginning with one lane at 9:30 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 12, to the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 13 – Up to four left lanes of northbound I-5 from South 216th Street in Des Moines to South 188th Street/Orillia Road in SeaTac will be closed beginning with one lane at 9:30 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 19, to the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Up to four left lanes of northbound I-5 from South 188th Street/Orillia Road to Klickitat Drive will be closed beginning with one lane at 9:30 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, to the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 28 – Up to four left lanes of northbound I-5 from Klickitat Drive to Interurban Avenue South will be closed beginning with one lane at 9:30 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 4:30 a.m.

Seattle Pavement Repair Work
I-5 Region: Northwest County: King Location: Milepost(s) 162.97 – 169.39
WSDOT maintenance crews are repairing the pavement of three ramps on I-5 between South Spokane Street/6th Avenue South and Northeast 45th Street in Seattle.

Work schedule:

  • Monday, Sept. 12, to the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 13 – The South Spokane Street/6th Avenue South on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. A signed detour will be in place. This work is weather dependent.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, to the morning of Thursday, Sept. 15 – The Northeast 45th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. A signed detour will be in place. This work is weather dependent.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, to the morning of Friday, Sept. 16 – The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Mercer Street will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. A signed detour will be in place. This work is weather dependent.

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I-5 Weekend Lane Reductions in Washington Begin Today, Expect Delays

Southbound I-5 weekend lane reductions in SeaTac, Des Moines begin Friday, July 15

Work to repave 2.7 miles of southbound Interstate 5 in SeaTac and Des Moines will start a week later than planned. Late last week, the first of five weekends of lane reductions was postponed due to rain.

Pending a dry weather forecast, weekend-long lane reductions will start at 8:00 p.m. Friday night, July 15. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce I-5 to two lanes between South 188th Street in SeaTac and South 219th Street in Des Moines. All lanes will reopen by 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 18.

“This weekend is busy, with the Seattle Mariners playing at home and the Bite of Seattle taking place, so drivers will need to plan ahead,” said WSDOT Traffic Engineer Mike Swires. “Roughly, 86,000 drivers use this stretch of I-5 every weekend, and drivers will need to plan ahead to avoid long delays and backups.”

Making Up Time

Crews have rescheduled last-weekend’s rain delayed weekend lane reductions for July 29 to August 1. Here’s the updated weekend lane closure schedule:

  • July 15-18
  • July 22-25
  • July 29- Aug. 1
  • August 12-15
  • August 19-22
Weekend Closure Details

During each of the five scheduled weekend lane reductions:

  • Crews will begin closing lanes at 8:00 p.m. Friday, with up to three lanes closed by 10:00 p.m.
  • Drivers should use I-405 and state routes 167 and 509 as alternate routes.
  • Four ramps will be closed during the weekend work, with signed detours: the southbound I- 405 on-ramp to southbound I-5; the South 188th Street on-ramp; the South 200th Street on- and off-ramps.

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Museum of Flight Opens Spectacular New Aviation Pavilion

The Museum of Flight previewed its new, 3-acre Aviation Pavilion. The 9-story high roofed outdoor gallery doubles the Museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history, establishing a new Seattle landmark and one of the world’s grand displays of historic aircraft. The Pavilion exhibit focuses on the dramatic development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be seen anywhere else. The Pavilion opens daily June 25, with extended summer hours to 8 p.m. It also offers a café and children’s play area with a mini airport terminal under the wings of the first 747 Jumbo Jet.

Learn more about the Pavilion Grand Opening Weekend – July 25 and 26!

The Aviation Pavilion
The Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion is a covered, outside gallery with 15 rare and unique commercial and military airplanes. The Pavilion also offers the first-ever exhibit about the business of air freight, the FedEx Air Cargo exhibit, housed within a 34 ft. fuselage section of a former FedEx Boeing 727 freighter. The Museum’s Boeing 747 prototype, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Concorde will be open to the public daily in the Pavilion.

The Pavilion Collection
For the first time, the Museum’s unrivaled collection of large commercial aircraft can be seen in one place. The airliner exhibit today includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 737 and 747 jets, the extremely rare Douglas DC-2 airliner from the 1930s, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The military line-up includes three big bombers—World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress, and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet; plus jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf. The Museum’s rare, flyable 1932 Boeing 247, Boeing 727 prototype, and the first jet Air Force One will be moved from the Museum’s Airpark to the Pavilion in the fall.

Founded in 1965, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner.


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