WSDOT Seattle Area Traffic News What’s happening on the highways – Presidential Motorcade – Friday AM

Presidential motorcade to cause major traffic delays Friday, Oct. 9

We don’t know specific details about President Obama’s visit to the Emerald City on Friday, Oct. 9, but we do know that you could face delays if you’ll be venturing in or out of downtown Seattle. If you absolutely have to be in the city, your best bet is to stay engaged throughout his visit by tuning in to local media, downloading the WSDOT traffic app and tracking social media like our WSDOT traffic Twitter feed.

Westbound I-90 across Lake Washington down to one lane Oct. 9-12

Beginning at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, westbound I-90 will be reduced to one lane near East Mercer Way then rerouted to the express lanes until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12. Contractor crews will be upgrading operation and safety systems in the eastbound Mount Baker and Mercer Island tunnels.Most of the work during these weekends is taking place inside the tunnels and out of the view of drivers. Four more weekend-long directional closures are scheduled before the end of 2015.

Montlake Bridge lane closures

Early morning drivers should prepare for possible delays in the Montlake neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 10. Our bridge maintenance crews will close one lane in each direction on the Montlake Bridge from 7 to 11 a.m. for grid deck repair work.

North Seattle I-5 on-ramp closed for Sound Transit work

This weekend marks the second of four weekend closures of the northbound I-5 on-ramp from North 85th Street, Banner Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street. Sound Transit is working on the Northgate Link Extension project. Just like last weekend, drivers will follow a signed detour around the ramp closure to access northbound I-5 from Northeast Northgate Way. Some nearby city streets will also be closed or only allow local access.

Planning for your weekend and beyond

Don’t forget to check out our calendar for high impact traffic closures and special events happening throughout the month of October. Remember, you can now also sync your calendar with ours!


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