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Expect Delays, I-5 Northbound to Close All Weekend in Seattle

The second of two full weekend closures of northbound Interstate 5 at the West Seattle Bridge is quickly approaching, which means people to need to plan ahead and avoid the highway again this weekend, July 14-15.

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews will begin closing lanes on northbound I-5 at 8 p.m. Friday, July 13. This weather-dependent closure will give them room to safely replace expansion joints and repave the roadway as part of the Revive I-5 project. The work will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, July 16.

During the first full weekend closure, June 2-3, backups on northbound I-5 were minimal because drivers avoided the highway and used alternatives to get into Seattle.

Lane closure details
Crews will begin reducing northbound I-5 traffic to two lanes at the I-405/SR 518 interchange near Southcenter in order to replace half of an expansion joint on the Duwamish River Bridge. Expect lane reductions to continue all the way up to the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Way/Spokane Street ramp, where all traffic must exit.

West Seattle and Beacon Hill
Those coming from West Seattle or Beacon Hill will be able to enter northbound I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge/Columbian Way/Spokane Street on-ramp to head into downtown Seattle. This traffic will shift onto the northbound I-5 collector distributor, where drivers can exit to I-90, James or Madison streets, or continue through to rejoin the northbound I-5 mainline. All lanes will reopen near Olive Way.

Ramp closure details

7 p.m. Friday, July 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 16:

  • The southbound I-405 HOV on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The Interurban Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-5.

9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The MLK Junior Way/SR 900 on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The Boeing Access Road on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The northbound I-5 mainline off-ramp to the express lanes.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Edgar Martinez Drive.
  • The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street.
  • The University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5.

10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The Swift Avenue/Albro Place on-ramp to northbound I-5.

10:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The Southcenter Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5.
  • The Michigan Street/Corson Avenue on-ramp to northbound I-5.

11:59 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday:

  • The southbound I-405 general-purpose off-ramp to northbound I-5.

All northbound I-5 off-ramps between the I-405/SR 518 interchange and the West Seattle Bridge will remain open all weekend.

Southbound I-5 work Sunday morning
In addition to the northbound Revive I-5 work, WSDOT maintenance crews will reduce southbound I-5 traffic to two lanes across the Ship Canal Bridge between the University District and SR 520 from 2 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 15, to repair parts of the aging bridge deck. The Northeast 45th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 will also close during this time.

Closures will affect the entire region
The full closure of northbound I-5 means there will be heavy traffic on all highways and roads around the region. Travelers should expect long backups on northbound I-405, State Routes 99, 509 and 599, as well as on city streets. To limit congestion, people should:

  • Use transit, particularly light rail.
  • Postpone discretionary trips. Fewer trips means fewer cars and less backup.
  • Travel before 8 a.m., when traffic volume picks up, or after 8 p.m., when it decreases.
  • Know before you go.

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Plan Additional Travel Time for I-5 Construction in Washington

Late night and early morning drivers who travel on Interstate 5 in Lacey are encouraged to plan additional time to their trips. Starting as soon as Monday, June 18, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a project to replace aging and worn I-5 bridge expansion joints at Martin Way.

Night work

  • Night single-lane closures will begin as early as 9 p.m. in both directions of I-5.
  • All lanes will reopen no later than 5:30 a.m. weekdays.
  • All work is weather-dependent.
  • The project is expected to be complete by mid-summer.

Expansion joints are a critical component for bridges. They allow sections of a bridge to expand and contract with changing temperatures and traffic loads. The expansion joints on these bridges are decades old.

This work is similar to a previous WSDOT project that replaced aging bridge expansion joints at Pacific Avenue in Olympia last summer.


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First ‘Revive I-5’ Weekend With Lane Closures Now in the Books

Favorable weather over the weekend allowed for major preservation work on northbound Interstate 5 between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown Seattle. The focus now shifts to this coming weekend’s work.

This past weekend Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews poured the equivalent of more than 150 cement mixer loads of concrete in the right lanes of I-5 near the West Seattle Bridge and replaced the right half of six expansion joints underneath the Seattle Convention Center.

“There is so much to do on I-5 to keep it reliable for freight haulers and commuters that it’s important to complete this work as soon as possible,” said Project Engineer Dave Lindberg. “We understand the weekend work is inconvenient for people, but these lane and ramp closures allow us to do a large amount of work in a short period of time.”

More lane reductions this weekend
Additional work is scheduled for the weekend of April 28-29, when the crews will reduce northbound I-5 to two lanes in the same area. This time contractors will complete the following work:

  • Replace more concrete on the interstate near the West Seattle Bridge as well as under the I-90 interchange.
  • Replace the left half of seven expansion joints between University and Mercer streets.

Lane reductions will begin near Michigan Street at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and will wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, April 30. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown. All northbound I-5 traffic will be routed through the collector-distributor lanes. People who drive should note that the collector-distributor is temporarily restriped so the right lane is an exit only to Madison Street. This configuration will remain in place through the summer.

Plan ahead and use alternatives
With northbound I-5 limited to two lanes, people who use the freeway will need to plan to use alternatives:

  • Transit, carpools and vanpools
  • I-405, I-90, and state routes 99, 509 and 599
  • Travel before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Consider postponing discretionary trips

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Washington I-5 Rest Areas Closed for Repairs

Washington State Department of Transportation crews will be cleaning, updating landscaping, and making repairs to both the northbound and southbound Gee Creek rest areas (milemarker 11.3).

Work schedule:

  • Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13: The southbound Gee Creek rest area will be closed beginning at 1:00 a.m., Monday, April 9 through 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, for annual maintenance work.
  • Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20: The northbound Gee Creek rest area will be closed beginning at 1:00 a.m., Monday, April 16 through 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, for annual maintenance work.

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New Lane Construction Requires Closures on I-5 in Washington

The Washington Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with the I-5 Mounts Rd to Center Dr. – Auxiliary Lane Extension construction project (mileposts 116.3 to 118.5).

Crews are building a new auxiliary lane on northbound I-5 between Mounts Road and Center Drive.

Work Schedule: Northbound I-5 between Mounts Road and Center Drive will have up to three lanes closed each night for striping:

  • 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night from Monday, March 12, through Wednesday, March 14
  • 10 p.m. Thursday, March 15, to 5 a.m. Friday, March 16
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, to 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17

Northbound I-5 ramp closures

The following ramps will close Monday through Thursday between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., and on Friday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

  • Mounts Road on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Northbound I-5 exit to the Mounts Road weigh station
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Center Drive (exit #118)
  • Center Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5

Southbound I-5 lane and ramp closures

  • Lane closures on southbound I-5 near Mounts Road are scheduled each night next week from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for pavement repair. The Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

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Take a Winter Getaway and Discover Why Seattle is a Cultural Hotspot

The fourth annual Seattle Museum Month, running February 1-28, 2018, offers downtown Seattle hotel guests 50 percent off the admission price to participating museums and cultural institutions. To see the full list of participating museums, guests can visit the Seattle Museum Month website at seattlemuseummonth.com.

A Seattle winter getaway in February is the perfect opportunity to visit Seattle’s most fun and diverse museums. New this year to Seattle Museum Month are the Tacoma Art Museum and the Seattle Children’s Museum, in addition to returning museums including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass.

These discounts are only valid for guests staying at one of the participating hotels, up to four people, during hotel stay dates. Visitors must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts.

“The Alexis hotel along with the three other Kimpton hotels in the city excitedly welcome the return of Seattle Museum Month,” said Tom Waithe, Regional Vice President of Kimpton Hotels, Pacific Northwest and Mountain Regions. “We have seen a tremendous surge in winter weekend visitor interest to the city when there’s opportunity to explore and save at so many venues. Our hope is that this year Seattle Museum Month is the best ever, and the program continues to grow and develop in the years ahead.”

“Seattle Museum Month provides visitors with an opportunity to discover Seattle’s unique traditions of innovation and ingenuity by exploring the most important cultural organizations in the region,” says Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). “MOHAI is happy to participate in this exciting program that shares the best our city has to offer.”

Since the launch of Seattle Museum Month in 2015, the program has established itself as the perfect winter retreat for anyone, of all ages, to experience Seattle’s unique and engaging museum collection, spanning arts, history, heritage, pop culture, natural history, aviation, and more.

About Visit Seattle:

Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.


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Lane Closures for I-5 Construction in Washington State

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that construction crews will be upgrading the lighting at Elm Street, Oak Street and Allen Street along I-5.

Construction is taking place between mileposts 28.57 and 42.0

As a result, a single-lane on either direction of I-5, between Oak Street and Allen Street will be closed daily, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 1.

NOTE: All work is weather dependent.


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Lane, Ramp Closures for I-5 Construction in Tacoma Area

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following I-5 construction activities in the Tacoma area, through Friday, January 19, 2018:

Friday, Jan. 12

  • All lanes of the northbound I-5 collector/distributor will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday. Northbound I-5 drivers headed to I-705 and SR 7 will detour to Portland Avenue.
  • South 38th Street ramp to the northbound I-5 collector/distributor will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday.
  • A single lane of northbound I-5 will close between Portland Avenue and the Puyallup River Bridge from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 13

  • Southbound I-5 exit to South 38th Street (exit #132A) will close from 11:59 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 and the I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.
  • The northbound SR 7 ramp to southbound I-5 and the I-705 and Pacific Avenue ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Jan. 18

  • Northbound I-5
    • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Two lanes of northbound I-5 will close from Portland Avenue to the Puyallup River Bridge. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5
    • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • Southbound I-5 exit to I-705 and 26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • Port of Tacoma Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
    • Two lanes of southbound I-5 will close from the Puyallup River Bridge to L Street. Lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday.
    • A single lane of southbound I-5 from Port of Tacoma Road to Bay Street will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
    • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.

Friday, Jan. 19

  • The right lane of northbound I-5 between L Street to the Puyallup River will close from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit #136A and #136B to Port of Tacoma Road and 20th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.
  • 20th Street East between Puyallup Avenue and PraxAir will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Additional single lane closures are scheduled each night on northbound and southbound I-5 between M Street to South 38th Street.


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All Lanes of Southbound I-5 Reopen Following Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that all lanes of southbound I-5 at Mounts Road (milepost 116) have reopened to traffic. Crews were able to complete remaining work activities that required a right lane closure ahead of schedule. The Mounts Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 has also reopened. There are no remaining closures following the Monday train derailment.

Traffic is moving once again on southbound Interstate 5 south of the city of DuPont following a train derailment that blocked all lanes earlier this week.

Additional nighttime work

The right lane of southbound I-5, and the southbound Mounts Road on-ramp will remain closed overnight while WSDOT maintenance crews continue emergency guardrail repair and slope restoration work. Crews expect this work to be finished in time to completely reopen the lane and ramp for the Thursday morning commute. Nighttime travelers should reduce their speed to 45 mph through the area for the safety of the crews along the road.


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I-5 Detour for Washington Train Derailment

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that a train derailment has closed I-5 Southbound at milepost 116.0, near the Burlington Northern RR Trestle.

I-5 southbound will be closed beginning at 7:38 am on December 18, 2017 until further notice. All southbound lanes are blocked. The current detour information is as follows:

  • From I-5 South in Tacoma, drivers can take SR 16 West to SR 3 South towards Shelton to US 101 South towards Olympia to I-5.
  • Another alternate route to use is eastbound SR 512 to southbound SR 7.

Additional information will be reported here as it becomes available.


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