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Just 10 days to I-90 bridge closures, think ahead about commute

Now is the time to plan your commutes across the I-90 bridge for July. The westbound mainline lanes will close on July 5 and are expected to remain closed for up to three weeks to replace the bridge’s expansion joints. All westbound traffic will be funneled into the two express lanes. Delays are expected on I-90 and backups are expected into the Mercer Island Town Center. So, it is a good time to think about what you are going to do differently to reduce headaches for you and other commuters. The Washington State Department of Transportation Web site has several recommended commute options to beat the backups, including traveling early, working from home, vanpooling, carpooling, taking transit or taking alternate routes. Details are at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/HomerHadleyBridgeRepair/CommuteOptions.htm.

The Department of Transportation has also gone to extra lengths to keep the bridge open for bicycle commuting. To learn more about bicycle commuting, join the Cascade Bicycle Club for a free class called “Introduction to Bike Commuting: It’s How We Roll!” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 29 at the Community Center at Mercer View. Pre-register for the class by phone: (206) 275-7609, or at www.myparksandrecreation.com.

More info: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I90/HomerHadleyBridgeRepair

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