Weekend I-5 closure expected to spark traffic mayhem in Seattle

Revive I-5 resumes this weekend with a full NB closure from the West Seattle Bridge to Olive Way in Downtown Seattle. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - A massive freeway closure this weekend is expected to cause a major traffic slowdown in the heart of Seattle.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 5 - the state's busiest highway - will be closed into downtown Seattle.

And now the state Department of Transportation has a serious warning going out to motorists: stay away!

The massive closure will continue throughout the weekend.

“I don't really like it. Kind of ruined my plan for the weekend," said Don Bowell, who scrapped a trip to Everett to avoid all the congestion.

Lane restrictions will start Friday at 8 p.m. around SouthCenter. And the freeway will be totally closed northbound starting at the West Seattle Bridge, all the way to Olive Way.

Crews will be replacing many old expansion joints and pouring new concrete. And there just isn't room for the heavy equipment needed and have lanes still open.

The freeway closure is expected to dump thousands of cars and trucks onto surface streets, sparking unprecedented congestion until the freeway reopens early Monday morning.

“It's a lot of traffic,” said Isis Mora, who frequently drives north into Seattle. “More better I stay in my home."

And this isn't the only full closure weekend on northbound I-5. The next one is coming up on July 13 and 14.

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