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Maintenance crews to tackle I-5 bump in downtown Seattle, Sept. 16-17

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:38

Ally Barrera, communications, 206-440-4457

Husky fans should prepare for traffic delays

SEATTLE – Football fans who plan to flock to Seattle next weekend for a University of Washington Husky game should give themselves plenty of time to get to the stadium. Not only will drivers compete with typical game day traffic, they may also face additional congestion due to critical maintenance work.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews need to replace a cracked concrete panel located on the northbound Interstate 5 exit ramp to Madison and James streets.

Closure details

From 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, direct access from northbound I-5 to Madison and James streets and the eastbound I-90 ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed.

Detail of I-5 bump closure area

Westbound I-90 drivers will still have direct access to Madison and James streets. Drivers using eastbound I-90 and northbound I-5 can follow the respective detours, shown in the map below.

Detour routes for drivers using eastbound I-90 and northbound I-5

During the closure, crews will demolish the cracked panel, replace it and pour new concrete and let it cure. The total process will take 18 hours.

“To keep drivers safe, we need to fix the bump in the roadway now before the cold and wet weather sets in,” said WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator Dave McCormick. “The majority of the time needed for the fix will be the 12 hours it will take just to let the new concrete cure.”

Why begin closures on a Saturday afternoon?

The number of vehicles traveling north into downtown Seattle starts to decrease around 4 p.m. on Saturdays. While the Husky football game begins at 6:30 p.m., the majority of fans headed to the U-District should not be affected by the two ramp closures.

Because the repair requires 18 continuous hours, a weekend offers the only opportunity to complete the work without affecting the weekday commute. Starting the closure at 4 p.m. Saturday ensures the work will be complete before more than 65,000 Seahawks fans head to CenturyLink Field for the 1:25 p.m. game on Sunday.

Know before you go
Drivers should stay engaged through the weekend and check their routes before they travel. Several tools are available for drivers:


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