MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Prepare for I-5 traffic as projects return to South Seattle

Mar 22, 2024, 1:56 PM | Updated: Mar 27, 2024, 3:51 pm

Photo: Interstate 5....

Interstate 5.(MyNorthwest file photo)

(MyNorthwest file photo)

Drivers who commute on Interstate 5 (I-5) south this weekend will experience backups through Tukwila. The Revive I-5 Project, designed to improve the driving surface of the freeway, is taking up another weekend to stay on track.

“We’ve been working in South Seattle since about October, this project is going to go until next fall,” Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson, Amy Moreno, said. “We’ve been doing lane reductions on weeknights, and weekends, there are going to be about 13 weekends total. This is the fifth of those 13 weekends.”

More from Nate Connors: A bevy of traffic situations you need to be aware of this weekend

Moreno explained why contractors are returning to the same section they worked on before.

“This project has three parts to it, concrete panel replacement, smoothing out some uneven parts of the freeway, and there will be some expansion joint replacement. That is not happening this weekend. This weekend is going to be primarily replacing concrete panels,” she said.

I-5 lane reductions start Friday night

Lane reductions begin Friday at 10 p.m. bringing I-5 south down to one lane between Boeing Access Road and State Route 599, in Tukwila. Saturday at noon, crews will open a second lane. All lanes will reopen Monday by 4 a.m.

Moreno also warned drivers of the impact.

“We did this same pattern the first weekend in March and we saw significant traffic. So, we’re just asking people if they can take a different route, if they can consider the light rail, those are great options,” she said. “If they can travel earlier in the day or later in the day, if they can postpone that travel until we get that second lane open. It will be better but there will still be significant traffic impacts.”

Sullivan: Why do so many people get freaked out at four-way stops?

Some alternate routes this weekend include State Route 99, State Route 509 or Interstate 405.

Weeknight lane and ramp closures will continue between Seattle and Tukwila through the fall.

You can read more of Nate Connors’ stories here. Follow Nate on X, formerly known as Twitter, here and the KIRO Newsradio traffic team here for more traffic updates.

MyNorthwest News

Follow @http://www.twitter.com/heatherbosch...

Heather Bosch

Washington rescue dogs graduate as skilled K9s

Jails in Washington are getting some four-legged help rooting out fentanyl and other potentially deadly drugs.

11 hours ago

Image: Former President Donald Trump speaks to the press in Manhattan state court in New York City ...

Associated Press

Trump’s hush money trial gets underway; 1st day ends without any jurors selected

The historic hush money trial of Donald Trump got underway Monday with the arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the case.

11 hours ago

Image: A tow truck removes one of the cars blocking the expressway leading to Seattle-Tacoma Intern...

Julia Dallas

46 arrested after pro-Palestinian protest shut down SEA Airport road for hours

Pro-Palestinian protesters gathered across the nation Monday, blocking landmarks and highways to bring attention to the Middle East war.

13 hours ago

Photo: Seattlites bike past Alki beach....

Micki Gamez

Local bike shop wants to keep you moving no matter your income

To reactivate downtown Seattle, Bike Works, a small business in Columbia City, wants to keep the community cycling!

14 hours ago

Photo: Kirkland police returned three stolen French bulldogs to their owner....

Julia Dallas

Stolen French bulldogs return to Kirkland owner after harrowing journey

The three French bulldogs were stolen, along with their owner's van, on April 5, according to the Kirkland Police Department.

15 hours ago

seattle aquarium scam...

Frank Sumrall

Seattle Aquarium warns guests of nationwide ticket scam

Officials with the Seattle Aquarium are warning guests about a scam going around involving discounted tickets.

20 hours ago

Prepare for I-5 traffic as projects return to South Seattle