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.