Will you be traveling across Lake Washington this weekend? Drivers on eastbound Interstate 90 across Lake Washington will want to plan ahead for another weekend of road work March 11-14.
Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, March 11, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will reroute all eastbound lanes of I-90 to the express lanes between Rainier Avenue South and Bellevue Way Southeast until 5 a.m. Monday, March 14.
Drivers traveling east from Seattle should plan for lengthy delays along Interstate 5, State Route 520 and I-90 in downtown Seattle. Those heading north to CenturyLink Field or downtown Seattle should consider using alternate routes.
The lane closures on I-90 will provide contractor crews space to upgrade the operations and safety systems in the eastbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels. The tunnel work is needed before Sound Transit begins work in 2017 to devote the I-90 express lanes to the 14-mile East Link light rail extension.
11 p.m. Friday, March 11, until 5 a.m. Monday, March 14
Eastbound I-90 traffic between Rainier Avenue South and Bellevue Way Southeast will be routed to the express lanes.
The eastbound I-90 exit to Rainier Avenue South will remain open.
The Rainier Avenue South on-ramps to eastbound I-90 will be closed. Drivers should follow the signed detour via South Dearborn Street and Fourth Avenue South.
Flammable materials will be prohibited on eastbound I-90. Drivers must use alternate routes such as Interstate 405 or state routes 520 or 522.
The I-90 trail will not be affected during the closure.