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The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia the next two weekends due to heavy congestion and major delays.

The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia the next two weekends due to ramp and lane closures causing major delays with miles of stop-and-go traffic.

Over the weekends of Sept. 12 and 19, crews will work to replace a 171-foot-long bridge expansion joint spanning the I-5 and U.S. 101 interchange. On a typical weekend, more than 276,000 vehicles pass through the section, WSDOT reports.

  • WSDOT recommends rerouting through SR 12, SR 7, US 101 and US 12, or if you must drive through the area, consider traveling before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11 crews will shut down the left northbound I-5 lane approaching Deschutes Way Southwest at 8 p.m. for preparations. At 10 p.m., workers will close down a second northbound I-5 lane and two ramps: the southbound US 101 exit to northbound I-5 and the Deschutes Way Southwest to northbound I-5.

US 101 motorists will be detoured onto southbound I-5 and through the Tumwater Boulevard interchange to reach northbound I-5.

Here are further weekend closure details from WSDOT’s website:

Sept. 12-15 closure details

    • * Drivers can expect major lane and ramp closures along both directions of I-5 near Capitol Lake between 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, and 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15.

I-5 lane reductions

    • * I-5 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14.
    • * During the daytime hours on Saturday and Sunday, I-5 will be open to only two lanes in each direction.

Ramp closures and reductions

    • * The Deschutes Way Southwest on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, to 5 a.m., Monday, Sept.15.
    • * The Henderson Avenue/14th Avenue Southeast on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept.12, to 5 a.m., Monday, Sept.15.
    • * US 101 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept.12, to 5 a.m., Monday, Sept.15.

Sources

The News Tribune

Washington Department of Transportation