Seattle Area Traffic News

What’s happening on the highway from Renton to Shoreline

Staying cool won’t be your only challenge this weekend

While you scope out air conditioned spots to beat the heat this weekend, you’ll also want to be aware of some major road closures and a packed list of special events. Whether or not you will be attending the festivities, which include Seattle PrideFest, the Greenwood Car Show and a Kenny Chesney concert at CenturyLink Field to name just a few, you should definitely expect delays and don’t plan on using SR 520.

SR 520 closes this weekend across Lake Washington

Both directions of SR 520 between Seattle and Bellevue will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, June 26, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 29. Several ramps will also be closed. We encourage travelers to plan ahead and use alternative options like I-90, I-405, SR 522, transit and carpools. The I-90 express lanes will be adjusted to help with traffic.

Crews working on the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program will tackle a variety of key projects during the closure. There will also be lane closures on SR 513/Montlake Boulevard, including work on a Sound Transit project.

Gearing up for a busy Independence Day weekend

It’s never too early to plan for the weekend, especially when it’s a holiday weekend! And that’s why we want to give you an early heads up on closures and possible delays over the Fourth of July weekend. Heading east, north or south? Check out WSDOT’s traffic volume charts to plan out the best time to leave and avoid major backups. Staying in Seattle?

Take note that three I-5 ramps will be closed by 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, for the fireworks show over Lake Union:

  • The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Roanoke Street
  • The Boylston Street on-ramp to southbound I-5
  • The southbound I-5 exit-only lane and off-ramp to Mercer Street

In addition to several Fourth of July events, there’s a Sounders game on Friday, July 3. Check out our list of King County Special Events that may affect traffic.

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