Update 8:40 a.m.
This morning’s commute was a breeze, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman, said the commute is almost identical to Monday’s when traffic volume was two-thirds above normal before 6 a.m., then plummeted to 40 percent below normal the next hour, 60 percent below normal the next two hours, and 40 percent in the 9 o’clock hour, compared with usual counts.
“Folks are really conscious about this closure. There’s a lot of talk about it on social media,” Treece said.
This morning’s commute across Interstate 90 has been smooth … so far.
Washington State Department of Transportation officials believe commuters are well aware that three westbound lanes of I-90 are shut down for the East Channel Bridge expansion-joint reconstruction , and will be through Friday. WSDOT is seeing an earlier commute time across the reduced interstate and heavier traffic volumes on Highway 520 and on Interstate 405.
“It’s still early, but the commute has been starting earlier like it was yesterday. We’re seeing a little bit of delay, but looking at the traffic map it’s moving,” said WSDOT spokesman Bart Treece. “People are staying pretty well plugged in and they’re diverting to other routes.”
But driving around Seattle and Bellevue today will be far from a piece of cake due to a fundraising visit from President Obama from mid-afternoon into early evening and a Mariner’s game against the Mets at 7:10 p.m.
The trip from Issaquah to Seattle maxed out at 35 minutes at 6:35 a.m., compared with the typical 21 minutes at that time. The backup briefly stretched three miles to Eastgate; then by 8 a.m. it was virtually gone.
Afternoon traffic was stop and go, but for less than a mile.
Treece said he’s gathering additional details about traffic volumes this morning.