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The Today File

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April 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Three nights of lane closures on northbound I-5 at Beacon Hill

Tuesday update: This closure has been canceled.

Drivers on northbound Interstate 5 will be slowed by overnight lane closures this week along Beacon Hill, as crews compete some pavement and expansion joint repairs, photographed here, that were stymied by rain earlier this month.

Closures will be Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night.  One of the freeway’s five northbound lanes will close by 8 p.m., another at 9 p.m., and a third lane by 11 p.m., with all lanes reopened by 5 a.m., said Broch Bender, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.  The work area runs from Swift Avenue South to the West Seattle Bridge interchange.

This work was supposed to be finished the weekend of April 6-7, but heavy rains prevented crews from applying a concrete polymer to smooth out the tire ruts in the lanes, Bender said. They also were unable to apply rubber sealants to the worn-out expansion joints, which are gaps between elevated spans of the road deck.

Workers will protected only by barrels, not concrete dividers, and officials urge motorists to slow down for safety.

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