Bart Treece , WSDOT communications, 206-440-4473
SEATTLE – Three major construction closures taking place this weekend will cause extra congestion into, out of, and around the Seattle area from late Friday, June 6, to the early morning hours of Monday, June 9. Drivers should prepare for major traffic delays, give themselves extra time to reach their destination, and plan their trips around the closures.
Why are these closures necessary?
There’s a lot of work to ensure vital commuter and freight corridors remain open by repairing roadway surfaces and ensuring work continues on aging structures. Scheduling these projects together reduces the number of weekends drivers are impacted by road closures. With heavy travel weekends ahead, such as the University of Washington’s graduation, Fourth of July, Seafair, Labor Day and other festivals and sporting events, there are few options available during the summer months.
“There’s never a good time for major construction closures,” said Lorena Eng, WSDOT regional administrator. “However, Seattle drivers understand the need for this important roadwork and continue to impress us with how they plan their trips ahead.”
Keeping traffic moving:
WSDOT needs drivers to help keep traffic moving. Typical weekend congestion will increase along northbound I-5, and both directions of I-90. Drivers are encouraged to combine or postpone nonessential trips, carpool or continue taking transit in order to avoid major backups. Planning ahead of time is the key to a successful travel weekend and WSDOT offers many tools and resources to take the edge off road closures: