I-90 closures for Blue Angels begin Thursday

I-90 closures for Blue Angels begin Thursday

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3 Blues over Sammamish. Shot by Donnie Murray age 4.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 1:06 PM

The Blue Angels are gearing up for Seafair – and that means I-90 will be shut down several times over the next few days while the Blue Angels practice, then put on a full show this weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 from I- 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island during Blue Angels’ practice flights and performances.  Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405 or State Route 522.

Closure schedule for I-90:
* Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45 a.m. to noon, and 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., (practice)
* Friday, Aug. 3: 12:45 to 2:40 p.m., (practice)
* Saturday, Aug. 4: 12:45 to 2:40 p.m., (full show)
* Sunday, Aug. 5: 12:45 to 2:40 p.m., (full show)
Ramp closures:
* Northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 ramp (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)
* Southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 ramp (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)
* Southbound and northbound Rainier Avenue ramps (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)
* 76th Ave. to westbound I-90 (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)
* Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)
* Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)
* East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (closed up one hour prior to show or practice)
* West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour prior to show or practice)

The closures apply to all vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. For details on the closures and FAA regulations visit the Seafair closures page.

SR 520 bridge operations:
During the I-90 closure, the 520 floating bridge will still be open to traffic and tolls will be collected according to the rate schedule.
Additionally, the 520 drawspan will not open for marine traffic during the following times:
•    Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
•    Friday, Aug. 3, from 12:30 to 7 p.m.
•    Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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