Southbound I-405 closed this weekend in Bellevue, Renton

All southbound lanes of Interstate 405 will be closed this weekend — and the following two weekends — just beyond downtown Bellevue, potentially causing widespread traffic slowdowns.

Drivers must exit before the Wilburton Tunnel, which is being demolished so the freeway can be expanded. Downtown Bellevue exits will be open, but the state Department of Transportation will begin reducing the freeway lanes starting near Highway 520.

Closures last from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

Also this weekend, one or two lanes will be closed on southbound I-405 in Renton, where lanes are being shifted to a new bridge at Oakesdale Avenue Southwest. The state DOT thought it was best to schedule the work while the Bellevue closure reduces the approaching freeway traffic through Renton.

Map of Bellevue-area detours:

www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/i405/112thAvetoSE8th/detours.htm

WSDOT home page for Renton project:

www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/I405/I5toSR169/

“Historic Wilburton” video by the Eastside Heritage Center:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6892119230480736034

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