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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 18, 2008

Wilburton Tunnel gone; highway open

Crews working for the state Department of Transportation were able to demolish the Wilburton Tunnel ahead of schedule over the weekend, soBackhoes clear up debris after completing demolition of the Wilburton Tunnel. southbound Interstate 405 will be open for traffic this coming weekend (Aug. 22-25).

All southbound lanes of I-405 were closed between downtown Bellevue and Interstate 90 over each of the first two weekends of August. The tunnel had to be removed to make way for the addition of lanes as part of WSDOT's I-405 South Bellevue Widening Project.

Despite the closures, many motorists heeded warnings and chose alternate routes, minimizing delays on the highway.

Bellevue's Traffic Advisories offer more information about getting around the city.

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