State Dept. of Transportation
(WSDOT) says drivers should expect backups and delays on
Interstate 5 through SeaTac and Kent for each of the next five weekends.
at 8 p.m. Friday, June 16, contractor crews working for the WSDOT will
northbound I-5 to two lanes during the first of five consecutive
During the lane closures, crews will repave northbound I-5 between
State Route 516 and the Southcenter area. Similar work during the
June 3-4 resulted in backups of up to 6 miles.
need to use alternatives, or be prepared for long delays,” said WSDOT
Engineer Mike Swires. “We’ve already seen up to hour-long delays during
weekend in this area for this project. Travelers should use transit,
alternate routes, or delay or postpone their trips on northbound I-5 in
10 p.m. Friday, June 16, crews will reduce northbound I-5 to the two
lanes until 5 a.m. Monday, June 19. They will also close the SR 516
northbound I-5 and the South 200th Street on- and off-ramps throughout
weekend. Drivers need to watch for construction vehicles entering and
the work zone in the left lanes.
work is weather-dependent. If the weather holds, WSDOT expects to
work during the July 14–17 lane reductions.
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than 100,000 vehicles use northbound I-5 each day in the SeaTac/Tukwila
During the lane reductions, drivers can help ease congestion by:
bus or light rail service
trips early or late in the day