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March 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Big I-5 delays in South Seattle, work to end 5 a.m. Monday

Expect wholly frustrating backups on Interstate 5 on Easter Sunday, with three lanes of northbound I-5 still closed to repair joints in elevated-road decks.

Three of five lanes of northbound I-5 will remain  closed between the South Albro Place/Swift Ave. S. exit and the West Seattle/S. Columbian Way Interchange exit until 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers on Saturday were caught in I-5 backups as long as 45 minutes to get through the four-mile work zone, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

To help route traffic around the workzone, Interstate 90′s express lanes will be westbound only until 12:30 Monday afternoon. WSDOT said traffic was flowing well Saturday afternooon across Lake Washington.  Another option is to take the northbound exit to Highway 599 at Tukwila to connect to Highway 99.

Drivers going north can get around the workzone by taking Interstate 405 from Southcenter to Bellevue, then going west across I-90 to reach Seattle or the unblocked parts of I-5, WSDOT suggested.

For more information on the work, maps and information about alternate routes and current backups, see the WSDOT site, www.wsdot.wa.gov. On Twitter: @wsdot_traffic.

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