I-405 shutdown postponed until this Saturday
By REPORTER STAFF
Mercer Island Reporter Staff
September 28, 2011 · 11:25 AM
Wet weather last weekend postponed the closure of I-405 in Bellevue until next weekend, Oct. 1. The wet weather meant some work could not be completed.
“Crews are putting down the final layer of pavement and permanent striping on I-405 in Bellevue,” said Lorena Eng, WSDOT regional administrator. “We want to make sure our work is perfect, and we can’t afford to take risks with the weather.”
Construction planned for this coming weekend on I-405 includes restriping all the lanes of northbound I-405 and all the ramps to and from I-405. With a rainy forecast, WSDOT contractor crews couldn’t guarantee that the striping would be crystal clear. Crystal clear striping is vital to the safety of drivers on this busy freeway.
“We are fundamentally changing the way people drive I-405, and we made the safest decision we could,” said Seema Javeri, WSDOT project engineer. The forecast, however, still includes a good chance of rain. The project is still nine months ahead of schedule.
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