May 14, 2009
NEW — 10 a.m. May 14, 2009
Thanks to good weather and swift construction crews, the Interstate 90 floating bridge express lanes will reopen Saturday – a week sooner than previously scheduled.
That means Monday morning’s commute will be closer to normal with buses and carpools again able to use the I-90 floating bridge express lanes.
Construction on the I-90 express lanes forced cars and buses into mainline traffic and caused some commute delays until Eastside drivers shifted their schedules. On Friday, drivers who want to avoid westbound backups from Issaquah to Seattle still need to travel well before the 7-9 a.m. peak commute.
May 9, 2009
NEW — 8 a.m., May 9, 2009
Drivers crossing the Interstate 90 floating bridge over the weekend will be restricted to a single westbound lane Saturday and Sunday nights. Crews will shut down the two left lanes of the westbound span in order to park the flatbed trucks carrying new expansion joints for the express lanes.
Crews will close the two left lanes of the westbound floating bridge from 10 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday and again from 9 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday.
State Department of Transportation officials recommend for drivers to plan for delays or use the State Route 520 floating bridge to cross Lake Washington.
May 5, 2009
Interstate 90 lane closures begin
Transportation officials advised commuters to pack their patience during a busy construction season that includes two shutdowns on the Interstate 90 floating bridge. Read more
May 3, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. May 3, 2009
Transportation officials advised commuters to pack their patience during a busy construction season that will include two shutdowns on the Interstate 90 floating bridge.
Express lanes on the bridge close tomorrow – and the shutdown will bring headaches for Eastside commuters, transportation officials said.
The lanes will be closed through May 23 while crews install a pair of new joints weighing 40 tons each. Existing joints began to crack and deteriorate soon after bridge opened in 1989.
April 21, 2009
April 17, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2009
Transportation officials want Eastside and Seattle commuters to plan ahead for the 19-day closure of the express lanes on the Interstate 90 floating bridge.
The lanes will be closed from May 4-23 while crews replace two cracked expansion joints.
Commuters can expect delays up to 40 minutes on stretches of I-90 east of Mercer Island. During the closure, traffic will be restricted to the main roadway on westbound I-90.
Two steel expansion joints — some of the largest in the world — allow the bridge to bend with traffic, weather and the water level in Lake Washington. A pair of new joints weighing 40 tons each will be installed next month.
October 22, 2008
I-90 undercrossing among projects to be put on hold
Prior to their meeting with state legislators Oct. 13, Issaquah’s mayor and City Council entertained hopes that state money might be found for local projects. Read more