LYNNWOOD – After a weekend-long closure, crews opened new southbound I-5 on-ramps from I-405 and SR 525 in Lynnwood five hours ahead of schedule at midnight, Sunday, Sept 25. Crews closed the ramps to traffic Friday night while they completed the new on-ramps and connected them to the southbound lanes. Now they’ll shift their attention to completing the new off-ramp to 196th Street SW.
This week drivers will encounter changes at the merge area between the on-ramps and the exit to 196th Street SW. A temporary, painted island and pylons will separate mainline traffic from on-ramp traffic and traffic heading to 196th Street SW for five days while crews work to complete the new 196th Street SW off-ramp. During this interim period, drivers exiting to 196th Street SW should move into the right lane prior to the I-405 interchange to avoid missing the exit.
Crews will open the new off-ramp to 196th Street SW at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The access point for the new ramp will be one mile north of the existing exit point.
This work is part of the I-5/196th Street SW braided ramp project. WSDOT is building new on- and off-ramps to help eliminate lane-weaving and reduce congestion-related collisions on busy southbound I-5 between I-405 and 196th Street SW. For details, graphics and photos, visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/196thIC/BraidedRamp.
Visit the construction update Web page for details about these and other projects in Snohomish County, www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Snohomish/Construction.