Seems like every weekend we get trapped in some more massive road closures around Seattle. So, once again, here is the breakdown for the weekend starting today, April 19th.
CLOSURES For Friday April 19th - Monday April 22nd
7pm Saturday - 12pm Sunday. Up to three lanes of NB I5 will close over night between Albro and Spokane in Seattle (one lane closes at 7pm, another at 8pm, a third at 10pm). Work IS weather dependent, though.
11pm Friday - 5am Monday. Either direction of 520 will close between Montlake and 405 all weekend long. NB I5 off-ramp to WB 520 will be closed as well.
11pm Friday - 7:30am Saturday. EB I90 traffic through the Mount Baker Tunnel will be reduced to ONE lane over night tonight.
We also have some pretty big events this weekend. Here is where/when they're happening. Expect heavier than normal traffic in these areas during the times listed.
AMA Supercross: Century Link Field, 12:30pm.
Washington Stealth Game: Comcast Arena, 6:45pm.
Chris Tomlin Concert: Key Arena, 7pm.
PNB: McCaw Hall, 1pm and 7pm
Krazy2 Concert: Comcast Arena, 5:30pm
GOOD LUCK this weekend and please, BE SAFE!
Well friends, it's true, I-5 Minus 3 goes into effect AGAIN this weekend! Commuters who attempted to navigate the construction zone last weekend were met with long lines of brake lights, resulting in length delays. At the height of the work only ONE lane will be open between Albro and the West Seattle Bridge. Again, the DOT is asking you- if you don't have to drive in the mess, please don't! Use an alternate road, help a brother out!
Here is the info again, in case you need a refresher:
This is absolutely no April Fools joke, but definitely shows how some weather can really turn deadly out on the roads.
Yesterday on the Virginia/North Carolina State Line, an accident happened that caused a chain reaction of accidents (17 total) stretching a full mile - almost 100 cars were involved, at least 3 are dead, and 25 people were sent to local hospitals. The photos are mind blowing. It is thought that thick fog is to blame for these accidents, even though there were signs warning drivers about it.
As the State Patrol officer says in this video: "It's up to the driver behind the wheel to take responsibility and adjust his speeds to the conditions." It's important to realize that terrible weather - like snow - is not the only weather that impacts our commute here in Seattle. Rain (light or heavy downpours), fog, snow, and even sunshine are weather conditions that you need to adjust to. If you're driving westbound on 520 right as the sun is setting and the sun is right in your eyes making it hard to see - slow down! There is no need to try and continue at the speed limit if you can't see. It's dangerous. Sure, there's the possibility that someone might honk at you, but it's a lot better than being in an accident.
Drive smart out there on the roads, and adjust your speed. Not just for terrible weather, but nice weather as well. The conditions are changing all the time, and it's your responsibility to adjust accordingly. Be a courteous driver and realize that you're not the only person on the road trying to get somewhere - we all are! So take it easy, and please, be safe out there.