Girder setting to close southbound I-205 three nights this week

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Another round of girder setting will close the southbound lanes of Interstate 205 for three nights this week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Workers will hoist five concrete girders over the freeway as part of the Salmon Creek Interchange Project, a $133 million effort to remake the northern convergence of I-205 and Interstate 5.

Earlier girder setting had formed the backbone of a new bridge that will carry Northeast 139th Street over the freeways; this week's girders will form a new exit ramp from I-5 that passes over I-205 as part of the new 139th Street interchange, according to WSDOT.

All southbound lanes of I-205 will close from the I-5 junction to the work site starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and reopen by 5 a.m. the following mornings, according to WSDOT. Vehicles looking to access Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center from the north should exit I-5 at Northeast 179th Street (Exit 9). Other southbound traffic will be sent through on southbound I-5.

Additional work this fall will install more girders and demolish the existing onramp from Northeast 134th Street to northbound I-205, according to WSDOT. The entire project is slated for completion next year.