Navy's Blue Angels roar into Seattle; I-90 bridge closures set
SEATTLE - The U.S. Navy's famed Blue Angels precision flight team roared into Seattle in a cloud of white smoke on Monday in preparation for their upcoming performance during Seafair Weekend.
The Blue Angels, along with the unlimited hydroplane races, will be the highlight of the weekend Aug. 5 and 6.
Motorists are reminded that the Interstate 90 floating bridge over Lake Washington will be closed during Blue Angels performances and practices, by order of the Federal Aviation Administration. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe and to minimize distractions.
Westbound I-90 will close at Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. Access to eastbound I-90 will close at I-5 in Seattle. In addition, several I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close between 30 minutes to an hour before each practice and show time.
Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, State Route 520 or SR 522.
I-90 closures are scheduled at the following times:
- Thursday, Aug. 3, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 2:40 p.m. (practices)
- Friday, Aug. 4, 12:55 - 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
- Saturday, Aug. 5, 12:55 - 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
- Sunday, Aug. 6, 12:55 - 2:40 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
The bridge highrises will remain accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. However, no one on foot or bike can travel beyond the highrises starting 30 minutes prior to posted bridge closure times.
During the I-90 closures, the 520 floating bridge will remain open to traffic and tolls will be collected according to the rate schedule. The state Department of Transportation advises that infrequent users of the 520 bridge may want to consider setting up a short-term Good To Go! account for Seafair weekend.