Blue Angels take flight

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice a modified
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice a modified 'flat' routine due cloud cover over Lake Washington on Friday.
— image credit: Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter

The U.S Navy Blue Angels took to the sky over Lake Washington during a practice session for the annual Seafair airshow on Thursday morning. To see more photos of the Blue Angels check out staff photographer Chad Coleman's photo blog, Focus Northwest, for performances from Thursday and Friday.

The I-90 bridge will be closed this week to accommodate the Blue Angels' practice and shows during Seafair.

Drivers who want to ensure that they can cross the lake using I-90 should drive across Lake Washington at least one hour before the announced closure times, according to WSDOT.

Thursday, Aug. 5

9:45 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 6

12:45 p.m.-2:40 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7

12:45 p.m.-2:40 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 8

12:45 p.m.-2:40 p.m.

The center roadway will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 6-8. Mercer Island on-ramps to westbound I-90 will close 30 minutes prior to the lane closures, including West Mercer Way from Roanoke Way to S.E. 24th. Access on West Mercer Way from Roanoke Way to the 2100 block of West Mercer Way will be available only to residents and their guests.

Visit the city Web site for a list of Mercer Island ramps affected by the closure, and the Seafair Web site for details on schedules, shows and various activities going on this weekend.

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