Traffic into Seattle is terrible right now, but that’s no surprise, as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website showed on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to a Mariners game against the Milwaukee Brewers at 6:10 p.m on Saturday, during which Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame and 20,000 bobbleheads will be distributed, a number of road closures and construction projects have doubled traveling times in many areas, WSDOT says.
Traffic cameras show patches of gridlock on northbound Interstate 5 from Boeing Field through Lake City Way, with the biggest backups at the downtown Seattle exits. Southbound I-5 is heaviest from Northgate Way through the University of Washington area, the transportation department’s traffic cameras show.
A Washington State Patrol spokesman, Trooper Dominic Ledesma, said traffic into Seattle has been heavy and steady for most of the day, beginning before 11 a.m. He said there were no major collisions that contributed to the congestion.
“It’s what we expected,” he said. “Just ordinary gridlock traffic.”
In addition to the complete closure of I-405 northbound through Bellevue, Highway 522, west of downtown Bothell, has been reduced to one lane in each direction. The ramps from Highway 167 onto northbound I-405 are also closed.
WSDOT said people heading into Seattle should seek alternatives to driving or expect to spend twice as long on the road.