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Northbound I-5 reduced to two lanes in Tukwila Oct. 27-30 for expansion joint work

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:09

Tom Pearce, communications, 206-440-4696
Mike Askarian, project engineer, 206-768-5861

At least one additional partial weekend needed to finish work at Duwamish River; other work will continue weeknights through 2018

SEATTLE – Whether we want to admit it or not, winter is very much on its way to the Pacific Northwest. But, before the wind and rain settle in for the long haul, #ReviveI5 has one final full weekend of lane closures on northbound Interstate 5 in Tukwila.

The interstate will be reduced to two lanes north of the I-5/I-405/State Route 518 interchange from 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30. The work is weather dependent.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace expansion joints in the left lanes of northbound I-5 at the Duwamish River. People traveling through this area should plan ahead for added congestion:

  • The northbound I-5 HOV bypass lane will be closed.
  • The on-ramp from eastbound SR 518 to northbound I-5 will remain open, but drivers will need to merge right as soon as it is possible to do so.
  • Both lanes exiting to SR 599 will remain open, providing an alternative route into Seattle.
  • Allow extra travel time to the Washington Huskies football game Oct. 28 and the Seattle Seahawks game Oct. 29.

What #ReviveI5 has accomplished

Since the start of construction last spring, much of the work on this $31 million project to rehabilitate and preserve I-5 has taken place at night. There have also been 10 full weekends of lane reductions.

“Closing lanes on an interstate is never convenient, and we appreciate the patience of the traveling public while we worked to preserve this vital section of I-5,” said WSDOT Northwest Regional Administrator Lorena Eng.

During the five months of construction, crews have:

  • Repaved more than 4 miles of northbound I-5 between SR 516 and Southcenter.
  • Replaced hundreds of broken concrete panels.
  • Repaved and replaced expansion joints at Interurban Avenue overpass and Duwamish River Bridge.

What’s next for #ReviveI5?
While this weekend marks the end of the project’s Friday night to Monday morning work, there will still be at least one Friday night through Sunday morning lane closure, Nov. 3-5, weather permitting. There will also be overnight lane closures through the fall and winter, as weather conditions allow. During those closures, crews will replace and repair concrete panels, as well as repave asphalt. This work is expected to be complete in summer 2018.

The remaining work on northbound I-5 between South 260th Street and the Duwamish River will be coordinated with the ongoing second #ReviveI5 project, happening between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard. Contractor crews could require up to 16 weekends of northbound I-5 lane closures in 2018 and 2019 through the heart of Seattle. That work is scheduled to be complete in 2019.

Know before you go

  • For more information on nighttime and weekend lane reductions, visit the King County construction page.
  • Check the Seattle traffic website for travel times and alerts.

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