Travel alert: I-5 express lanes to close early until further notice

The Washington State Department of Transportation said Monday that the Interstate 5 express lanes through Seattle will be fully closed early, at 8 p.m. nightly, including weekends, and will reopen as usual the following mornings. This closure will remain in place until further notice, WSDOT said.

Express lane hours of operation are as follows:


Southbound – 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Northbound – 11:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Southbound – 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Northbound – 1:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

5 Replies to “Travel alert: I-5 express lanes to close early until further notice”

  1. I went to get on the Express Lanes northbound at the entrance by the downtown Seattle REI last Thursday afternoon and they weren’t open. Why not?


    1. Some speculate that this change is due to the downtown Seattle protests and the fact that demonstrators can end up on the freeway — requiring the freeway to be closed anyway. And that may have been why they were closed on the date you mention? But I have an inquiry into WSDOT to see what they say officially about the decision to close early until further notice.


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