Heads Up For Valley Commuters! I-90 Closures for Blue Angels Begin Tomorrow, August 2nd

If you are heading into Seattle over I-90 during the next few days, consider yourself warned.  Travel at the right time, and you might experience a big traffic headache.

It’s almost Seafair Weekend on Lake Washington and the Blue Angels are in town for their annual air show.  This means drivers using the I-90 floating bridge will have to take alternate routes daily from Thursday, Aug. 2nd, to Sunday, Aug. 5th, while the bridges are closed for the Blue Angels.  Drivers should expect heavy traffic and delays in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close I-90 from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island during Blue Angels’ practice flights and performances. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405 or State Route 522.

This is the current closure schedule for I-90:

  • Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45AM to noon, and 1:15 to 2:30PM, (practice)
  • Friday, Aug. 3: 12:45 to 2:40PM, (practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 12:45 to 2:40PM, (full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: 12:45 to 2:40PM, (full show)

For more details regarding additional freeway on and off ramp closures visit the WA State DOT website Blue Angels I-90 closure page.

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