For drivers about to take part in the first workday commute since Interstate 5 Bridge trunnion repair project began, transportation officials have two tips.
Plan ahead. Be patient.
Sunday saw backups up to four miles on I-5 and heavier-than-usual traffic on I-205.
What will Monday’s commute will bring? Nobody is quite sure.
“As much as we try to get people to plan ahead, we haven’t seen anything like this before,” said Celeste Dimichina, a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Transportation. “Pack patience.”
Saturday, crews closed all lanes of the northbound span during the first day of the project, which is expected to last nine days.