Sept. 12 &19 Ramp and Lane Closures Northbound & Southbound I-5 Near Capitol Lake

WSDOT Expansion Joint

The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking drivers to consider avoiding Interstate 5 and nearby US 101 in Olympia during two consecutive high-impact weekends.

Weather permitting, over the weekends of Sept. 12 and 19, crews working to repair a bridge expansion joint will require around-the-clock ramp and lane closures on both northbound and southbound I-5 near Capitol Lake in Olympia. WSDOT expects to see lengthy traffic delays develop on I-5, especially in the southbound direction. Traffic on nearby US 101 approaching I-5 also will see delays.

The Washington State Department of Transportation needs help from drivers to keep traffic moving.

The best plan of action is to avoid I-5 in Olympia completely over those two weekends. Drivers who must use this portion of I-5 are strongly encouraged plan ahead and leave plenty of time to reach their destinations. Drivers also might want to consider combining or postponing non-essential trips, carpooling, taking transit or exploring alternate routes. Do you want to visit the Olympic Peninsula? Consider riding a ferry.  Headed to Portland? Nurture your adventurous side by exploring SRs 161, 7, 702, 507, or SR 510. Planning ahead of time is the key to a successful travel weekend.

WSDOT offers many tools and resources for drivers:

  • Use travel alerts to get real-time information about blocking incidents.
  • Download WSDOT’s mobile app.
  • Follow @wsdot_Tacoma on Twitter.
  • Call 5-1-1 for traffic updates.

Specific information about the ramp and lane closures can be found on the project web page.