Traffic alert for next week: Late-night/early-morning I-5 closures

January 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | Comments Off

You might already have seen the signage, at the entrance to northbound I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge – closures are coming up next week. Too many details to fit onto signs, but here’s the full text of a preview sent today by WSDOT:

Drivers should prepare for a series of lane and ramp closures on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 in the University District and SODO starting Monday, Jan. 6.

Some of the closures require crews to close all lanes of northbound or southbound I-5 in order to install highway-wide crossbeam sections of the overhead sign bridge. When I-5 is closed, traffic will be shifted to the collector-distributor or signed detours will direct drivers off and on the highway.

Closure highlights:

Monday, Jan. 6 to the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 7:

Northbound I-5
Two right lanes of northbound I-5 at Edgar Martinez Drive S. and the Edgar Martinez Drive S. off-ramp will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 to the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 8:

Southbound I-5
Driver alert: All lanes of southbound I-5 at S. King Street will close from 11 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. All traffic will be shifted to the collector-distributor which runs parallel to mainline I-5.
Northbound I-5
Three left lanes of northbound I-5 between South Spokane Street and the entrance to the Express Lanes will close from midnight to 5 a.m.
Two left lanes of northbound I-5 at Olive Way and the University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 to the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9:

Northbound I-5
Driver alert: From 11 p.m. until 4 a.m., multiple lanes and ramps on northbound I-5 will close between South Spokane Street and the Olive Way off-ramp.
All lanes of northbound I-5 will close from 2 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. between the Seneca Street exit and Olive Way.
The Cherry Street off-ramp and Olive Way off-ramp will close from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m.
The Express Lanes will operate northbound for the duration of the closure.

Thursday, Jan. 9 to the morning of Friday, Jan. 10:

Southbound I-5
Driver alert: From 11 p.m. until 4 a.m., multiple lanes and the Northeast 50th off-ramp from southbound I-5 will close between Northgate Way and the Northeast 50th Street off-ramp.
All lanes of southbound I-5 will close from 2 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Northeast 85th Street.
The northeast 50th Street off-ramp will close from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m.
The Express Lanes will operate southbound for the duration of the closure.

Northbound I-5
· Driver alert: All lanes of northbound I-5 at S. Dearborn Street will close from 11 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. All northbound traffic will be shifted to the collector-distributor which runs parallel to mainline I-5.

For a full listing of next week’s I-5 lane closures associated with sign bridge replacement work, go here: wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Construction/i5Construction.htm

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