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I-5 work through Seattle will bring more weekend traffic delays


After two postponed weekends due to weather, WSDOT got things back in gear with Revive I-5 last weekend.

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Crews paved about 1,500 cubic yards of concrete and replaced the left half of seven expansion joints between the University on-ramp and Mercer off-ramp according to Tom Pearce from WSDOT.

Northbound I-5 was down to two lanes from Michigan to Olive Way, which resulted in four-to-five-mile backups.

Diversion to northbound Highway 99, First Avenue South, Fourth Avenue South resulted in long delays.

Northbound I-405 was also jammed. More drivers were avoiding northbound I-5 by driving to the Eastside to cross Lake Washington into downtown.

You can expect similar issues again this weekend.

Northbound I-5 will be down to two lanes from Michigan Street to SR 520.

Ramps that will close:

  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Seneca Street
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Mercer Street on-ramp to northbound I-5

The Washington State Department of Transportation says there will be lane restrictions early Saturday morning through 11 a.m. Sunday on northbound I-5 between SR 520 and NE 45th/50th streets as well.

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In addition to the road work this weekend, the Mariners play at home this weekend against Detroit. Stars on Ice at Key Arena is Saturday night. The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge is Sunday.

Keep checking back for updates and you can follow me on twitter @tracyttraffic or @kirotraffic for the latest.

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