SEATTLE – Fans heading CenturyLink Field this weekend should add some extra travel time into their game plans as work to add around-the-clock HOV lanes to Interstate 90 continues.
Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, eastbound I-90 will be reduced to a single lane near Rainier Avenue South in Seattle, and all traffic will be routed into the express lanes.
During the lane reduction, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit will continue upgrading the operations and safety systems inside the Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels as part of the I-90 Two-Way Transit and HOV Operations project. The tunnel work must be completed before Sound Transit can begin work in 2017 to devote the I-90 express lanes to the 14-mile East Link light rail extension.
Drivers traveling east from Seattle should plan for lengthy delays along Interstate 5, eastbound State Route 520 and eastbound I-90.
The lane closures on I-90 will provide contractor crews with the space they need to upgrade the operations and safety systems in the eastbound tunnels. Crews have an additional weekend-long closure scheduled westbound Nov. 4-7, which is the last weekend-long closure in 2016
- 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12
- 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 in both directions of 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.