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Highway 500 eastbound closes tonight for paving

A second weekendlong closure for paving on state Highway 500 starts at 10 tonight.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will close Highway 500 eastbound, from Interstate 5 to Thurston Way. All lanes will be open no later than 5 a.m. Monday, in time for the morning commute.

During the closure, eastbound drivers should use alternate routes, such as Fourth Plain Boulevard to the south or Minnehaha-Northeast 63rd Street to the north.

Construction crews will repave the highway, install new pavement markers and widen the 90-degree turns for onramps from Northeast Falk Road/42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/54th Avenue.

Construction is weather-dependent, and rain could cause the work to be postponed.

WSDOT previously closed Highway 500 westbound Aug. 9-12 for paving.

Following this weekend’s closure, drivers should continue to expect delays in both directions of Highway 500, between I-5 and Fourth Plain Boulevard/state Highway 503, due to intermittent overnight single- and double-lane closures.

The $6 million project is expected to continue until early fall.

Highway 500 is used by nearly 60,000 vehicles a day. The state route was last paved in 2002. Heavy use and freeze/thaw cycles have contributed to pavement deterioration.


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