Prepare yourself for a potential traffic back-up in Seattle this weekend. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close several lanes of northbound I-5 as crews continue work on the Revive I-5 project.
All but two northbound lanes beginning at Swift Avenue/Albro Place to the SR 520 off-ramp will close Friday at 8 p.m. and won't open until Monday at 5 a.m.
RELATED: I-5 closure map
WSDOT says all traffic will exit mainline NB I-5 to the collector distributor lanes at the EB I-90 off-ramp. Traffic will re-enter mainline I-5 near Cherry Street.
The goal of WSDOT's project is to replace 37 expansion joints.
The closure is a major component of "Revive I-5," a months-long renovation project with a total cost of estimated at $51.2 million.
WSDOT will close the following ramps during the weekend construction:
Northbound I-5 on-ramps closed:
- West Seattle Bridge/Spokane Street/Columbian Way
- University Street
- WB I-90 and Edgar Martinez Drive ramps to I-5 will remain open until 1 a.m. Saturday morning and then they will close.
Northbound I-5 off-ramps closed:
- Edgar Martinez Drive
- Express lanes
- Seneca Street
- Olive Way
- Roanoke/Lakeview Boulevard
WSDOT suggest the following alternatives for drivers:
- Use public transportation
- Use light rail
- Carpool or vanpool
- Use state routes 99, 509, 518 and I-405 instead
- Travel before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
- Move any discretionary travel to another weekend.
- Plan on spending the night in Seattle to avoid traveling during the closure.