If your weekend plans include traveling Interstate 90 between Seattle and Spokane, prepare for traffic backups starting tomorrow, Friday, June 23, through Monday morning, June 26.

I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg
Both directions of I-90 have lane reductions for several projects between North Bend and Ellensburg. Expect heavy eastbound traffic and delays beginning early morning Friday, June 23, as drivers head for Paradiso at the Gorge and Hoopfest in Spokane.

  • The Paradiso festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Friday, June 23, and runs until 1:30 a.m. Sunday, June 25. Organizers expect 54,000 throughout the weekend.
  • Hoopfest will draw more than 6,000 teams and 3,000 volunteers. Games begin early Saturday, June 24, and wrap up late Sunday, June 25.

Events and road construction affecting traffic into Seattle
Expect heavy traffic into Seattle throughout the weekend because of road projects on I-5 and other highways. Several events in the city will also draw large crowds and add to delays.

  • Northbound I-5 between SeaTac and Tukwila will have only two lanes open beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, June 23, until 5 a.m. Monday, June 26. Crews are continuing work on #ReviveI5 to repave the four-mile section between State Route 516 and the Southcenter area.
  • Northbound I-5 at the Ship Canal Bridge will be reduced to two lanes from 2 to 10 a.m. on both Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, for bridge deck repair work.
  • The I-90 Bellevue Way ramps will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, June 24, until 9 p.m. Sunday, June 25, for Sound Transit Link light rail work.
  • Westbound SR 520 will be reduced to one lane between 148th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue and I-5 in Seattle beginning at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 24, for sign maintenance work. Once the westbound work is complete, crews will operate in the same area in the eastbound lanes. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • Seattle Pridefest takes place all day on Capitol Hill Saturday, June 24, and in downtown Seattle on Sunday, June 25.
  • The Seattle Mariners host the Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Safeco Field.

Each of these events will attract large crowds. When added with summer vacationers, this will create major delays on westbound I-90 most of the day Sunday into late evening.

Crews will not work on I-90 during the weekend. However, the lanes remain closed because some sections of pavement have been removed. Crews will replace those later this summer.

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