Major I-5 closure planned for next month

Work is part of Salmon Creek Interchange Project



It’s not “carmageddon,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, but drivers should plan ahead to avoid a major, disruptive closure of Interstate 5 early next month.

Crews will completely close both directions of the freeway at the Interstate 205 junction for more than 48 hours while crews place huge girders over the roadway. I-205 will remain open, but I-5 will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, June 7, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 10.

Workers will place a dozen girders, each 165 feet long, over the freeway. They’ll eventually support a new bridge carrying Northeast 139th Street up and over the junction, part of the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project.

Southbound I-5 will be closed between I-205 and Northeast 134th Street, according to WSDOT. Northbound I-5 will be closed between state Highway 500 and I-205.

During the work, traffic should use I-205, Highway 500, state Highway 14 and Oregon’s Interstate 84 to get around the closure, according to WSDOT.

WSDOT planners expect closures on I-205 to occur later this summer. The entire Salmon Creek project, which aims to relieve congestion around the northern convergence of I-5 and I-205, is scheduled to wrap up next year.