More weekend detours for eastbound I-90 drivers

Due to weekend construction, eastbound I-90 drivers will squeeze into one lane at Rainier Avenue South before moving into the express lanes to Bellevue.

Another weekend, another partial closure of Interstate 90.

Late Friday, eastbound traffic will squeeze to one lane and veer into the express lanes from Rainier Avenue South to Bellevue Way Southeast, in the 29th of 30 closures, while the state prepares the freeway for light-rail construction.

But this time, the I-90 deck will reopen Monday morning with four lanes striped eastbound through the Mount Baker tunnels, instead of the usual three.

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“Pay attention on Monday morning because things will look different, which also means drivers may be behaving differently,” says an email alert by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

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Drivers will see those four general lanes merge back to three lanes after leaving the tunnel, WSDOT says.

Traffic in the far left lane will merge right. To reduce crash risks, traffic engineers have set the merge point a half-mile beyond the tunnel, on the flat segment of the floating bridge, spokeswoman Annie Johnson said.

Westbound drivers should expect to see similar changes after the May 12-15 weekend, WSDOT says.

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