MYNORTHWEST NEWS

WB I-90 now re-open; many furious over construction planning

Sep 25, 2022, 8:35 AM | Updated: 5:26 pm

I-90 Traffic Mess...

Traffic was a nightmare for many on I-90 last year (KIRO 7 News)

(KIRO 7 News)

Update (Sunday, September 25 at 5:03 p.m.): All lanes of Westbound I-90 are now open after WSDOT crews finished construction ahead of schedule.

Original Story:

Mercer Island, WA. – Traffic has been a nightmare for many in western Washington over the past 48 hours, especially those who attempted to go westbound on Interstate 90.

Follow this link to read additional stories from KIRO 7 News

Steve Sogge says his commute from I-405 to the I-90 ramp to Mercer Island took hours upon hours.

“And boom it just … comes to a stop,” Sogge said.

“Because I remember thinking, I better see what time this is and how long this takes and that was right at 2. And I didn’t get home until 8:40,” Sogge said.

He says he was frustrated by the lack of planning, as well as the lack of officers monitoring the roads during the gridlock. He says if people on Mercer Island have an emergency, it would be a hard time for them.

“Otherwise, we’re stuck. And there’s going to be emergencies for people where they got to do certain things that are not quite calling 911 and taking someone off in an aid car,” Sogge said.

“To send that message to people that essentially, I-90 to Seattle is closed,” WSDOT spokesperson Amy Moreno said.

Moreno says the organization understands the frustration drivers faced yesterday as it wants to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“We will meet with the city of Mercer Island and their emergency responders and state patrol and what we can learn from this and go forward from there,” Moreno.

But many people like Sogge believe the whole thing could have been avoided if the construction was planned better.

“Even the next two days, it’s like stringing things together. They need to come up with a better contingency plan and preparedness the next time they do it,” Sogge said.

With the changes, construction on fixing the expansion joint will wrap up early Monday morning.

Follow this link to read additional stories from KIRO 7 News

MyNorthwest News

Image: The service center for Marysville School District...

Julia Dallas

State sends reinforcements to review Marysville’s struggling school budget

The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction has put together a committee to review the Marysville School District's budget.

1 hour ago

Image: A person holds several small Pride flags during a recent event in Washington....

The KIRO 7 staff with MyNorthwest editors

Pride flag raised at Newcastle City Hall after City Council reverses decision

The Newcastle City Council reversed their previous decision Tuesday and elected to raise the Pride flag at City Hall. The council voted 4-3.

2 hours ago

Image: A Pierce County Sheriff's Department logo can be seen on an officer at a scene with a police...

Steve Coogan

1 of 2 late-night Tacoma shootings involve sheriff’s deputies

In the second of two overnight shootings in Tacoma, Pierce County Sheriff's Department deputies fired at a suspect early Wednesday.

6 hours ago

Image:The New York Giants' Willie Mays poses for a photo during baseball spring training in 1972. M...

Associated Press

Willie Mays, Giants’ electrifying ‘Say Hey Kid,’ dies at 93

Willie Mays, whose singular combination of talent, drive and exuberance made him one of baseball’s greatest players, has died. He was 93.

19 hours ago

Seattle police tombstone...

Matt Markovich

Timing of former SPD chief coming out raises questions amidst legal, administrative turmoil

The former SPD chief's coming out has some unnamed sources within SPD and members questioning the timing of his announcement.

19 hours ago

Image: Drugs, guns and money were seized as part of a large investigation led by the DEA and the Se...

Steve Coogan and James Lynch

Long Washington probe yields 84,000 fentanyl pills, hundreds of pounds of drugs

Four Seattle-area men with ties to Central and South America were arrested in a long probe related to drugs, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

21 hours ago

WB I-90 now re-open; many furious over construction planning