Seems like right now we're living in a never-ending cycle of major road construction. Unfortunately our awesome weather is to blame, as its a lot easier for road crews to get things done in the sunshine and dry conditions.
SO, what do you have to look forward to this weekend? Well, one thing is for sure, NB 405 in Bellevue won't look like this photo on the left this weekend. It'll be a maze of construction cones followed by a ghost town (well except for the construction crews replacing some concrete)
Here is what's happening this weekend:
405 in Bellevue : ALL LANES of Northbound 405 from Southeast 8th to SR520 in Bellevue WILL BE CLOSED this weekend. They'll start with one lane closure at 8pm on Friday and slowly shut down the lanes. ALL LANES will be closed by 10 and stay closed until 4am when they begin reopening lanes. All lanes will be open by 5am.
522 in Bothell : Only one lane will be open in either direction from Hall Road to 102nd Ave NE bridge from 8pm Friday to 5am Monday so crews can switch to the new ST522 configuration.
I5 Seattle / Corson Exit : The NB and SB I5 ramps to Corson Avenue South will be closed from 9am Friday to 5am Monday for bridge repair work!
SR167 in Renton : The Northbound SR167 ramp to Northbound 405 will be CLOSED from 10pm Friday to 5am Monday for drainage repair. This one is sure to cause problems as well!
Plan ahead, kiddos!
What's happening at Seafair? Bad traffic, that's what!! This weekend, Seattle will be busy with some big Seafair events. And of course, that means some pretty nasty traffic as well. Here is information on closures for this weekend (August 2nd-4th).
Seafair Road Closures :
I90 WILL BE CLOSED from I5 to Mercer Island from 1:15pm to 2:40pm on Saturday AND Sunday for the air show performances. The ramps to I90 will be closed as well, starting as early as 12:15pm (most will be closed only 30 minutes before the show).
*Note: The I90 Express Lanes will close at 12:30 on Saturday and Sunday and reopen by 3pm.
*Note: The bridge highrises will still be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. However, no one on foot or bike can travel beyond the highrises up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times
Here are the ramps that will be closed:
NB I-5 to EB I-90
SB I5 to EB I90
NB & SB Rainier Ave ramps
76th Ave to WB I90
Island Crest Way to WB I90
EB I90 to West Mercer Way
East Mercer Way to WB I90 (closed up to 1 hour before show)
W Mercer Way to WB I90 (closed up to 1 hour before show)
**PRO TIP: The Hydro races will happen througout the weekend at Genessee Park, just south of the west end of the I90 bridge. They create quite a visual distraction for drivers specifically in the Eastbound lanes across the bridge, and in the Westbound lanes at the east highrise. During the weekend, expect heavier than normal traffic either direction of I90 because of this!
Additional Construction/Maintencance Closures this weekend :
SR167 in Auburn : Pugst Sound Energy will CLOSE BOTH DIRECTIONS of SR167 near Auburn at the King/Pierce Co line from 11pm Saturday August 3 to 7am Sunday August 4 for utility work. They will have a posted detour through the area.
SR522 near Monroe : SR522 will be CLOSED in either direction from 164th St to Fales/Echo Lake Road from 12:01am to 6am Sunday August 4 for bridge work. Detour signs will take you to SR9 via US2.
Corson Off-Ramps in Seattle : The NB and SB I5 ramps to Corson Ave S will be CLOSED from 9am today until 5am Monday so crews can work on bridge repair.
NB I5 in Seattle : the 2 left lanes of NB I5 under the WS Convention Center will be CLOSED from 11:59pm Friday August 2 to 4am Saturday August 3 so they can test the fire alarm system. University On-ramp will be closed. Even though its late at night, expect delays because of this closure.
Good luck, and be safe out there! It has been incredibly dry for over a month now, and with the rain today, the roads are slippery (seriously. In the dry weather, the oils from cars seep into the road. With the rain, the oils start to come out of the cement and make the roads slick - SO BE CAREFUL!). We've seen far too many accidents today, and with the closures expected to make bad congestion over the weekend, we don't want to see any more!!
Have a great weekend, just plan ahead before you drive!!
You may or may not know that I recently joined the Be the Match Registry in the hopes that one day I might have the opportunity to save someone's life. If you aren't familiar with Be the Match, it is a free registry to match those in need of bone marrow with a donor. It costs the registry about $100 to process each person who signs up as a donor. They mail you a kit, complete with swabs and instructions and then process those swabs to get your info into the registry. It's an easy process and the rewards could be endless if you are one day called upon to donate your bone marrow.
The Puget Sound Blood Center is doing their annual Swim for Life and this year, they hope to donate the proceeds to Be The Match to help ofset the costs of processing donors. Hopefully, that will in turn, allow even more people to sign up and save even more lives.
Swim for Life 2013- Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
It's a little-known fact that thousands of leukemia and other patients every year don't find a life-saving bone marrow donor match in time, even with a national registry of over 10 million possible donors. The tissue-typing requirements are precise and costly and the donor registry simply isn't long enough.
Swim for Life is your opportunity to change that reality, and have fun doing it.
The Swim raises money to add people in our community to this life saving registry, while also facilitating matches that are made with donors in our area.
Swim for Life is an annual 2.5 mile, team-based swim across Lake Washington from Medina Beach Park to Madison Park. A team is four or fewer swimmers
and a kayaker, so you always have a safety boat near you.
This combination builds team spirit and a collective feeling of accomplishment; many swimmers who meet each other in this event continue to swim together over the year and return as a team the next year.
So, grab your friends, gather a team and sign up for Swim for Life, Wednesday, August 21 from Medina Beach to Madison Park!
While your at it, check out Be The Match Registry and see if you would like to be a bone marrow donor or even just donate to the cause!