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Weekend construction ‘hearts’ I-5 in Seattle

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 14:06

Broch Bender, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4699

SEATTLE – This Valentine’s Day the Washington State Department of Transportation is aiming for southbound Interstate 5 in the heart of downtown Seattle. Contractor crews will close lanes to extend some TLC to a batch of broken down expansion joints starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

Drivers can share the love and help keep traffic circulating through the city’s main artery by allowing plenty of extra travel time and taking State Route 99 or public transit.

“This weekend we will reduce southbound I-5 down to one lane around-the-clock, including Presidents Day on Monday,” said WSDOT project engineer Aleta Borschowa. “The best way to avoid 45- to 60-minute delays all weekend long is to have a heart and plan ahead.”

This weekend’s construction traffic details:

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18

  • Up to two of three lanes of southbound I-5 will be closed between the Washington State Convention Center and I-90.
  • Access to and from I-90, Airport Way South, Fourth Avenue South, and South Dearborn Street will remain open.
  • At least one lane of southbound I-5 will remain open at all times through the construction zone.

The I-5 express lanes will operate in the southbound direction from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Extending the hours until 3 p.m. helps alleviate backups on mainline I-5 and provides drivers with more ramps into downtown Seattle.

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Nearly 50 years of constant traffic has weakened the steel expansion joints connecting the concrete spans that make up the interstate. Replacing these joints provides a smoother ride and improves safety by preventing emergency lane closures caused by pieces of failing metal joints popping out of the highway.

This is the third of nine weekend closures to replace two dozen worse-for-wear expansion joints on I-5 near the I-90 interchange. For more information, please visit the project website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SeattleBridgeRepair/

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