SEATTLE — With warmer, drier weather finally on the horizon, several weekends of construction work on Interstate 5 in Seattle will soon resume in earnest. The Washington State Department of Transportation kicked off the latest run of “Revive I-5” work in the spring, but wet weather interrupted planned maintenance work on two weekends, and a separate project on Interstate 405 paused it a third time.
Starting back up on Saturday, and continuing through most weekends this summer, contractors will be replacing more expansion joints along a stretch of southbound Interstate 5, between Interstate 90 and Spokane Street. Due to earlier delays, WSDOT said work will have to continue on some busier holiday weekends.
“We recognize the timing of this work over Pride and Independence Day weekends is less than ideal, but we’re facing some very difficult decisions,” WSDOT wrote Wednesday. “This year we’re also scheduled to work during a lot of major events, from Sounders and Mariners games to the Seafair Torchlight parade on July 30 and the hydro races and Blue Angels Aug. 6-7. We know this may affect your travels, but we have few alternatives. Even holidays, when we almost always shut down, are on the table now.”
Drivers heading through the area will begin to notice lane closures beginning each Friday evening and ending before the Monday morning commute. For the July 4 weekend, WSDOT plans to delay the work by a couple of hours, giving travelers a little more time to hit the road that Friday.
WSDOT said it is essential to complete the needed repairs in Seattle this season, before more sections of “Revive I-5” begin next year around the Eastside and South King County. Right now, crews are scheduled to work on most weekends through September, except for Labor Day.
Source: Bellevue Patch