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April 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Traffic snarls coming to Snoqualmie Pass for 2 weeks

Construction-related bottlenecks in the big city will be relatively minor this weekend, but motorists crossing the state Sunday can expect delays as long as two hours for crews east of Snoqualmie Pass  building detour routes for the summer work season.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will reduce travel to one lane in each direction for two weeks. Snoqualmie is the nation’s busiest mountain pass highway, carrying 30,000 vehicles a day at Lake Keechelus. The 64-year-old snowshed will be removed and replaced by a bridge that will let rock and snow tumble beneath. Closures begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and will last until 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, on a 4-mile stretch of the freeway.


In other locations:

  • Interstate 405 will have lane closures in both directions near Northeast 70th Street in Kirkland, for restriping that’s related to a road-widening project between Bellevue and Lynnwood.  Northbound lanes will begin to close at 7 p.m. Saturday, with four of the five lanes closed by 1 a.m. Lanes will gradually reopen between 7:30 a.m. and noon.  In the southbound direction, closures start with the first lane at 7 p.m. Saturday, with three lanes closed by 11:30 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 9 a.m. Sunday.
  • Night work will close some lanes on I-5 near downtown Seattle. Three northbound lanes will close at Yesler Way from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. Then, in the southbound direction, two lanes will close from 9:30 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday. The Saturday-night job follows a Mariners baseball game that begins at 7:10 p.m., and the state DOT customarily waits for post-game traffic to clear before it closes lanes, said spokesman Travis Phelps.
  • Crews making expansion-joint repairs on I-5 will work again in the daytime next weekend, reducing the northbound roadway to two lanes.
  • The right northbound lane of the Montlake Bridge will close for an inspection from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and the right southbound lane will close from 6 to 11 a.m. Sunday.
  • Mercer Street will close from Dexter Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, making navigation around Seattle Center more difficult. A short stretch of Ninth also will close.
  • In Bellevue, the 108th Avenue Northeast ramps to and from Highway 520 will close from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. The nearby junction of 108th and Northeast Northup Way also will be closed.

Sounder commuter trains will run to and from the Seattle Mariners’ game Sunday against the Oakland A’s at 1:10 p.m.  The south-line train leaves Lakewood at 10:45 a.m., while the north-line train leaves Everett at 11:15 a.m. Trains return 35 minutes after the final out. A schedule and fare listings can be found here.




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