I-90 bridges close for Blue Angels, starting Thursday

August 2, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 2, 2010

The state Department of Transportation plans to close Interstate 90 between Island Crest Way on Mercer Island and Interstate 5 several times from Thursday to Sunday in order to accommodate the Blue Angels’ Seafair practices and performances.

The closure comes per Federal Aviation Administration rules, in order to create a safe environment for drivers and pilots by reducing distractions to both.

Plans call for the bridges to close from 9:45 a.m. – noon and from 1:15-2:30 p.m. Thursday, from 12:45-2:40 p.m. Friday, from 12:45-2:40 p.m. Saturday and from 12:45-2:40 p.m. Sunday.

The bridge closes to bicyclists and pedestrians 30 minutes before the automobile lanes close.

The state Route 520 floating bridge will remain open during the I-90 bridge closures.

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