Expect delays as Interstate 90 bridges close for Seafair

August 1, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2011

Interstate 90 travelers should plan ahead for Blue Angels-related closures during Seafair.

The state Department of Transportation plans to close the bridge from 9:45 a.m. to noon and 1:15-2:30 p.m. Thursday, and 12:45-2:40 p.m. Friday for practice.

Then, the Department of Transportation plans to close the bridge from 12:45-2:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for complete shows.

The agency plans to close the express lanes at 9 a.m. Thursday and 10:45 a.m. Friday to Sunday, and reopen the lanes by 3:30 p.m. each day.

In addition, the bridge closes to pedestrians and cyclists up to 30 minutes before the scheduled shutdowns.

The interstate east of Mercer Island does not close for the Blue Angels, although motorists should plan for heavy congestion, because the closures often restrict access to the exits.

Planners intend to use electronic message boards along interstates 5 and 90 to count down to the bridge closures.

The agency also advises motorists to plan alternate routes in advance and not to expect to cross the bridge at the last minute. Congestion and unexpected delays on the roadway can leave motorists sitting in traffic waiting out the closure.

The state Route 520 bridge is scheduled to remain open during the closures.

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