An update from WSDOT on I-5 lane closures

September 5th, 2014|

The following information was sent in a news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation:

Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater drivers are encouraged to avoid using Interstate 5 in Olympia for cross-town travel during two upcoming weekends. Long-distance travelers should plan alternative routes to avoid the Olympia area or be prepared for significant delays.

Over the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, crews will repair a worn bridge expansion joint that bisects all lanes of northbound and southbound I-5 near Capitol Lake. The expansion joint also extends through adjacent US 101 on- and off-ramps. Work is part of a larger $4.5 million project to pave sections of I-5 from Tumwater Boulevard to Gravelly Lake Drive in Pierce County.

I-5 closure details (note work is weather-dependent):

Beginning 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, crews will shift three northbound I-5 lanes to the left and reduce the on-ramp from southbound US 101 to northbound I-5 to one lane. At that time, the Deschutes Way on-ramp to northbound I-5 will also close until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, and continuing around the clock through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce lanes and shift traffic on southbound and northbound I-5.

During daytime hours on both weekends, I-5 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction. At 10 p.m. on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, an additional lane will close, reducing I-5 to one lane in each direction. Ramps in the area will close as well and remain closed through Monday morning. A second lane will reopen each following morning by 8 a.m.

WSDOT traffic engineers anticipate lengthy traffic backups and delays on both […]