Motorists headed across the Interstate 90 bridge from the Eastside into Seattle are running into heavy traffic this evening as drivers turn to the only bridge open across Lake Washington.
Traffic headed northbound on I-5 from Boeing Field through downtown Seattle also is heavy, as the region copes with a weekend construction-related closures, including northbound I-405 through downtown Bellevue.
It could be worse — and may in fact get worse — state Department of Transportation Spokesman Bart Treece said. “We’ve got a lot of weekend to go and there’s a nighttime Mariners game,” he said.
Treece suggested fans driving to the 7:10 p.m. Mariners-Red Sox matchup hit the road early and perhaps enjoy a dinner in Pioneer Square.
A northbound backup on I-405 due to construction isn’t terribly long, because people are finding a variety of detours, including Bellevue Way Southeast, 116th Avenue Southeast and West Lake Sammamish Parkway, Treece said.
DOT advises travelers to consider carpooling, taking a bus or just putting off trips that can be done another time. But for folks driving south on I-405 despite those suggestions, traffic is flowing quite nicely.