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Expansion joint repair on state Route 18 at I-5 | WSDOT

Going for a spin with dad this weekend? Heading to one of many graduation ceremonies taking place? You’ll want to prepare for a closure that could slow you down. The westbound state Route 18 ramp to southbound Interstate 5 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Contractor crews will repair two joints on SR 18 that were part of the I-5/SR 18 interchange Triangle Improvements made in 2012. The joints are under warranty and will be repaired at no extra cost to the state.

Heaviest travel times are typically mid-afternoon but you should expect extra traffic throughout the weekend. Before you hit the road, plan your trip with one of our many traffic tools.

Graduations and other big events that could impact traffic this weekend

Watch for a plethora of cap and gowns throughout the weekend. While many of them will take place up north in Seattle, there are plenty scheduled in our neck of the woods at the Showare Center in Kent.

If you do plan to head into Seattle, take note of a few Mariners games and other big events that could cause some extra congestion:

Friday, June 13

  • Mecum Collector Car Auction, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CenturyLink Field Event Center.
  • Seattle School District graduations, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.
  • Mariners vs. Texas Rangers, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field.

Saturday, June 14

  • Mecum Collector Car Auction, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CenturyLink Field Event Center.
  • University of Washington graduation, 1:30 p.m., Husky Stadium.
  • Mariners vs. Texas Rangers, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field.

Sunday, June 15

  • Mariners vs. Texas Rangers, 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field.

Monday, June 16

  • Seattle School District graduations, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.
  • Mariners vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field.

Tuesday, June 17

  • Mariners vs. San Diego Padres, 12:40 p.m., Safeco Field.
  • Seattle School District graduations, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.

Where do my toll dollars go?

It’s less than three weeks now until toll rates increase on both the Tacoma Narrows and SR 520 bridges. At times like this we often hear these questions: Why do you need to raise tolls? How is my toll dollar spent? Well, the majority of each dollar goes toward paying for the construction of the new bridges in the corridor you’re traveling. This week’s blog post answers your questions, with some great visuals that clarify how toll dollars are split up. Read “Where do my toll dollars go?”

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