Weekend traffic alert: Construction closures, Seahawks game

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 6:28 PM

The state Department of Transportation says it won't amount to "Carmageddon," but this weekend will be the biggest construction weekend the Puget Sound area has seen all summer.

Drivers should plan and be prepared for total road closures in Renton, Seattle, Bellevue, Lake Stevens and Clearview in Snohomish County. The DOT says the weekend mantra is: Leave early then add an hour.

“We’ve packed a lot of construction into one weekend,” said Lorena Eng, Washington State Department of Transportation regional administrator. “Drivers should check the Web, plan alternate routes, stay on top of changing traffic conditions, and be prepared for longer than normal travel times.”

Closures

  • The State Route 520 floating bridge and all connected ramps will be closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, while crews demolish the old Bellevue Way Northeast overpass and dig a 25-foot-deep trench to install a culvert beneath all lanes of the highway.
  • State Route 167 will be closed between I-405 and South 180th Street/Southwest 43rd Street from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to 4:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, while crews dig a 35-foot-deep trench to install a new culvert beneath the highway.
  • State Route 9 between State Route 524 and 180 Street SE in Clearview was scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to 2 a.m. Sunday, but was reopened several hours early.
  •  The intersection of State Route 92 and SR 9 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, for paving.
  • The city of Seattle will close the southbound I-5 off-ramp at 85th Street from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, to pave 85th Street. 

Ge more info on the DOT August Weekend Closure Web page.

Another complicating factor for drivers this weekend is the first pre-season Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday night. King County Metro reminds fans that it will be running Seahawks shuttles again this year.

Download the FREE Seattle Traffic App to stay on top of closures. You'll get:

     --Real speed map and cams

     --Drive times

Download the app for iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, or Windows

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