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Blue Angels’ return to the skies mean closures of I-90 bridge during Seafair

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The supersonic boom of the F/A-18 Blue Angels over Seattle is sure to thrill crowds during Seafair, but drivers are going to need to plan an alternate route to prevent their travel plans from going bust while the jets are airborne.

WSDOT will close I-90 from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island during practice flights and performances Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 3. Traffic will need to take alternate routes. Drivers should expect heavy traffic and delays in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas.

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.

Similar to previous years, during the I-90 closures, the SR 520 floating bridge will still be open to traffic and tolls will be collected according to the rate schedule.
I-90 closure schedule
Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. to noon; 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. (practice)
Friday, Aug. 1: 12:15 to 2:40 p.m. (practice)
Saturday, Aug. 2: 12:15 to 2:40 p.m. (Seafair airshow)
Sunday, Aug. 3: 12:15 to 2:40 p.m. (Seafair airshow)

Ramp closures
Both directions of I-5 to eastbound I-90 ramp (up to 30 minutes prior to practice or show)
Rainier Avenue ramps to eastbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes prior to practice or show)
76th Avenue to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes prior to practice or show)
Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes prior to practice or show)
Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (up to 30 minutes prior to practice or show)
East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour prior to practice or show)
West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour prior to practice or show)

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