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I-90 Bridge Seafair and Blue Angels Closures, Aug. 2-5

The annual visit of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Aug. 2-5 for their aeronautical performances over Lake Washington and Mercer Island bring traffic and several road closures on Interstate 90 with them.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced the timing of planned closures on Aug. 2-5 of all lanes of the Interstate 90 floating bridge across Lake Washington for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at this year’s Seafair festivities, according to a press release.

Here is the following information and dates for the I-90 shutdown:

Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes, between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45 a.m. - noon & 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. (Practice)
  • Friday, Aug. 3: 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 4: 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. (Full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 5: 12:45 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. (Full show)

The bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times, including West Mercer Way from Roanoke Way to the SE 24th. Please be advised that access on West Mercer Way from Roanoke Way to the 2100 block of West Mercer Way will be limited only to residents and their guests. Please alert your guests so they are prepared to provide your address to police in order to drive through this area during the closures.

The I-90 express lanes will close at 9 a.m. on Thursday and at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The lanes will reopen to eastbound traffic by 3:30 p.m. each day.

I-90 east of Mercer Island will NOT be closed during the performance, although drivers should note that heavy congestion during these closures often restricts access to the exits.

The city is also urging residents to travel off or on the Island one hour prior to and following the bridge closures to avoid traffic backups.

For more detailed information, visit www.mercergov.org/seafair or call the city's I-90 information line at 206-275-7690.

Kendall Watson July 28, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Jeff, did you catch the interview last weekend on, uh, I think it was KIRO, of the Thunderbirds Air Force captain in Tacoma for the JBLM Air Show? Too funny — extolling the merits of the F-16 and gently ribbing the USN because the T-Birds fly tighter, faster formations ("I would like to think," he said). I love the fact that these guys are so competitive, striving for excellence and pushing their machines to the max — or at least what seems like it — all for our marveling and enjoyment. Makes it easy to forget what those jets are actually intended for. So, what's the best spot to watch the show? We saw the show from Julie Varon's place last year just south of the I-90 bridge. Awesome.
Kendall Watson July 28, 2012 at 02:35 AM
They were pretty dang low a couple of times, as I remember. I'd guess about 400-500 feet.
B Miller August 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Truly, the Blue Angels have a love/hate relationship with Islanders. Over the past 20 or so years, I have experienced the gut ripping sound and amazing acrobatics with shock and awe. I have also had the "fun" of standing in my back yard and counting the rivets on their wings, replacing a window pane, reading the stickers on each fuselage and watching a fir tree get blown down from the wake of their afterburners. Yea Seafair!

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