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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Expect I-90 delays in May and July

I-90 will rarely look this clear of traffic during lane closures.If you commute to or from Bellevue across the Interstate 90 floating bridge, get ready. The state Department of Transportation will close lanes in May and July to replace expansion joints, and significant congestion and delays are expected.

Delays are also likely on Richards Road from May to October, as lanes are closed for retrofitting of the I-90 overpass.   

  • I-90 floating bridge express lane closures in May: WSDOT will close the I-90 express lanes around the clock from May 4 to May 23 to replace huge steel expansion joints, which are cracked and could present a safety hazard to drivers if they break. Carpools and buses that normally use the express lanes westbound in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon will be diverted to the mainline. Traffic engineers estimate it could take up to 30 minutes to get from Bellevue to Seattle during peak commute times.
  • I-90 floating bridge mainline lane closures in July: An even bigger closure, with potentially longer delays, will take place from July 5 to July 20. Crews will close all lanes of the westbound I-90 mainline. All westbound traffic will share the two express lanes. Backups of 60 minutes or more are possible. To help avoid gridlock, commuters are encouraged to share rides, leave for work before 6 a.m., bicycle to work or work from home. As an added incentive, commuters who start a new Metro vanpool by May 15 will get to ride free for three months.
  • Richards Road lane closures for I-90 overpass seismic retrofit: WSDOT is also retrofitting several I-90 overpasses on the Eastside to make them safer during an earthquake. Crews will close the right lane of northbound Richards Road under I-90 first. They will close the right lane of southbound Richards Road from approximately July to October. The northbound lane closure will not affect access to westbound I-90.

The WSDOT offers more information about the I-90 bridge repair and the I-90 seismic retrofit. For comprehensive information on commuting options in Bellevue visit Choose Your Way Bellevue.

Floating bridge repair video


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