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Columbian Way ramp to West Seattle closed this weekend

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Date:  Thursday, January 10, 2013

Contact: Jamie Holter, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4698 (Shoreline)

SEATTLE – If weather conditions hold through the weekend, crews will close the ramp from westbound Columbian Way to the West Seattle Bridge and 6th Avenue South Friday night through Monday morning. This closure reflects a schedule change.

This is the second of 11 weekend-long ramp and lane closures scheduled by the Washington State Department of Transportation to replace 31 aging expansion joints along the I-5/West Seattle Interchange.

This work is not weather dependent, but safety considerations may affect the weekend plan.

“That Columbian Way ramp can get icy,” said Aleta Borschowa, WSDOT project engineer. “We don’t want drivers sliding into the work zone. Nothing is more important than safety.”

Engineers will check the forecast Friday morning to determine whether to give the final go-ahead for weekend work.

Ramp closure details and detours

  • The ramp from Columbian Way South to the West Seattle Bridge and 6th Avenue South will close at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14.
  • The ramps from Columbian Way South to southbound and northbound I-5 will remain open.
  • Drivers from Beacon Hill can access the West Seattle Bridge from northbound I-5.
  • The two right lanes of northbound I-5 directly under the Columbian Way ramp will be closed overnight for safety.

Drivers can prepare for these closures by checking the WSDOT website, which provides a detailed list of ramp closures with corresponding dates and detour map.

To help drivers get through the closures, WSDOT engineers have worked with the city of Seattle to retime traffic signals and postpone construction work on approved detour routes.

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