TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Ramp from NB I-5 to WB West Seattle Bridge to be closed next weekend; overnight NB 99 closures too

12:42 PM: Early-ish heads-up today from WSDOT: As the “Revive I-5” project continues on northbound I-5, another ramp closure will affect people heading to West Seattle next weekend. This time, WSDOT spokesperson Tom Pearce tells WSB, it will be a closure of the ramp *FROM northbound I-5, TO the westbound West Seattle Bridge* (and Columbian Way), so that the ramp can be repaved, between 9 pm Friday night and 5 am Monday morning (8/24-8/27). The ramps FROM the West Seattle Bridge will NOT be affected this time. Full details of this weekend’s closures will be out in a day or two.

2:21 PM: Thanks to commenter 44th Res for pointing out there’s a weekend 99 closure too. We found it here and confirmed with WSDOT that the closure is nightly, NB 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel, 9 pm-5 am Friday night (8/24-25), Saturday night (8/25-26), and Sunday night (8/26-27), with one exception: After the Saturday night Ed Sheeran concert at CenturyLink Field, “the northbound on-ramp from South Royal Brougham will temporarily open to traffic.”

5 Replies to "TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Ramp from NB I-5 to WB West Seattle Bridge to be closed next weekend; overnight NB 99 closures too"

  • 44th Res August 20, 2018 (1:00 pm)

    There is also a full closure of SR 99 northbound between Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel August 24-25.

    • WSB August 20, 2018 (1:07 pm)

      Thanks, I’ll verify but it looks like it’s a weekend with overnight closures. I usually catch those early via the Construction Lookahead that SDOT sends out weekly (yes, I know 99 is WSDOT, but SDOT includes state-route closures) but this wasn’t there – finally found it here:

  • cjboffoli August 20, 2018 (1:58 pm)

    While I recognize the challenges of closing even a portion of our overused, neglected main freeway for construction, I guess I had higher hopes for this “Revive I-5” project. This seems less like a revival and more like give it an aspirin and a bandaid and sent it on its way.  The miles of rutted, exposed 60’s era pavement – deafening to drive over with its aggregate exposed – between MLKing Way and the West Seattle Bridge seems not to have gotten much attention at all. Some of the new patches (north of the bridge) that they have put in are awfully rough. And there is still just so much graffiti, garbage, unkempt gore point/crash protectors, twisted guard rail, etc.  I don’t feel like my tax bill is a lot lower than other parts of the country. So I wonder why so many others can have freeways that actually look maintained when we cannot.

    • fiz August 20, 2018 (2:42 pm)


  • Eddie August 20, 2018 (4:09 pm)

    How will the potential strike / work stoppage of the Operating Engineers union impact the I5 paving project?  They represent the folks doing paving work. Supposed to possibly be a work stoppage beginning tomorrow.

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