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January 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

UPDATE: I-5 Mercer ramps won't close this weekend; Highway 520 bridge still to be closed

UPDATE: The previously announced closure of I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street in Seattle this weekend has been canceled due to the prospect of rainy weather, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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Get ready for more traffic drama this weekend.

Construction for the new Highway 520 bridge project will involve crews moving in 2 million pounds of concrete girders for a highway overpass, and they’re going to have to shut down the bridge and roadway to do it.

The details: All SR 520 lanes and ramps between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue will close Friday at 11 p.m. The lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, in time for the planned Martin Luther King Jr. parade and rally in downtown Seattle.

Maps and more details about the 520 construction here.

Interstate 5 ramps to and from Mercer Street in Seattle also will close during the same time period for a weather-dependent city of Seattle project.  In addition, Mercer Street will be closed  between Westlake Avenue North and Fairview Avenue North.  And Fairview Avenue North will close between Mercer and  Valley streets.  Detours will be marked.

The University Street ramp onto I-5 will also be closed to ease traffic around the Mercer Street ramp closure.

During these closures, travelers can expect traffic congestion on I-5 and alternate routes across and around Lake Washington.

The worst time to travel should be midday Saturday and Sunday on Interstates 5 and 90 heading into Seattle and on I-405 approaching I-90. The express lane schedules on both highways will be changed to help traffic flow.

 

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