I-90 Bridge Closures for Seafair Weekend, 8/2/13 – 8/4/13

Just because the Blue Angels’ performance schedule was cancelled in 2013 does not mean that Seafair Weekend will commence without air shows. The civilian air show team, Patriots Jet Team, will take to the skies over Lake Washington starting Friday (8/2/13), in the afternoon. So that means there will be limited closures of I-90 over the weekend.

All of I-90 between I-5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island will be closed to all traffic (vehicles plus pedestrians and cyclists*). These closure effects all lanes — both eastbound and westbound, mainline and the express lanes**. ***Also noteworthy is the list of highway ramps that are closing 30 minutes to an hour before the closure schedule outlined below. I’ve included this list at the end of the blog post. If you need to access, or exit, Mercer Island during the closures, I-90 east of Mercer Island won’t be closing. Heavy congestion usually builds up during these closures, which can restrict access to the available exits.

• Friday, Aug. 2: 1:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
• Saturday, Aug. 3: 1:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
• Sunday, Aug. 4: 1:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

*Please note that the bridge highrises will still be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. No one will be able to travel beyond the highrises up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times outlined above.

**The I-90 express lanes will close at 12:30 p.m. and reopen to eastbound traffic by 3 p.m. all weekend.

***Here’s the list of the highway ramps which will be closed over the weekend while the air show team is performing:

• Northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 ramp (closed up to 30 minutes prior to performance)
• Southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 ramp (closed up to 30 minutes prior to performance)
• Southbound and northbound Rainier Avenue ramps (closed up to 30 minutes prior to performance)
• 76th Avenue to westbound I-90 (closed up to 30 minutes prior to performance)
• Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (closed up to 30 minutes prior to performance)
• Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (closed up to 30 minutes prior to performance)
• East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (closed up one hour prior to performance)
• West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour prior to performance)

Have a fun and safe Seafair Weekend!

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