Weekend I-5 lane closures expected to trigger miles of backups

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SEATTLE - Miles of backups are expected again this weekend as the "Revive I-5" project shuts down lanes of the freeway through downtown Seattle.

At the same time, drivers in Snohomish County are getting a break after a scheduled closure of Highway 2 was called off due to rain in the weather forecast.

Back in Seattle, though, huge jam-ups are expected on I-5 starting all the way south near SouthCenter.

Here is what's going to happen: Starting Friday night at 8 p.m., northbound I-5 will be down to just 2 lanes from Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, all the way north to Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle.

Also because of this road work, the express lanes will be closed in both directions all weekend long.

Drivers should also expect lanes to be shut down on northbound I-5 at night from Sunday through Thursday.

Workers have a lot to do, including a replacement of 37 expansion joints and replacing large areas of concrete pavement.

In Snohomish County, the shutdown planned on westbound Highway 2 between State Route 204 and I-5 has been canceled because of the chance of rain in the forecast. That work now has been rescheduled for Aug. 18 and 19.

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