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I-90 drivers gain new HOV lanes between Mercer Island and Seattle

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 11:00

Annie Johnson, WSDOT communications, 206-716-1165
Rachelle Cunningham, Sound Transit communications, 206-398-5069

Express lanes now permanently closed to vehicle traffic to allow for light rail construction

SEATTLE – New around-the-clock HOV lanes on westbound and eastbound Interstate 90 are open as of 9 a.m. Sunday, June 4, in time for the Monday morning commute. Carpools, vanpools, and transit will now have access to I-90 HOV lanes across Lake Washington that do not depend on the direction of the express lanes.

With the new HOV lanes open to traffic, the I-90 express lanes are permanently closed to vehicle traffic.

“The new HOV lanes add reliability on I-90, allowing drivers 24/7 access to HOV lanes between Issaquah and Seattle,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Traffic Engineer Mike Swires. “But, anytime we change a major traffic corridor, it takes a little time for divers to adjust.”

The closure of the express lanes will allow Sound Transit to construct the 14-mile East Link light rail extension from Seattle to Redmond, set to open in 2023. The project also includes 10 new light rail stations connecting Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Overlake.

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