Lynnwood’s freeway weave is now untangled

The infamous freeway weave on southbound I-5 in Lynnwood is no more. Sunday morning, the new ramp and tunnel to the 196th exits opened to traffic. It’s hoped the new ramp will eliminate last-minute lane weaving that was created when cars merged from I-405 and SR 525 to southbound I-5 and 196th. The new ramp…

Lynnwood's freeway weave is now untangled

The infamous freeway weave on southbound I-5 in Lynnwood is no more. Sunday morning, the new ramp and tunnel to the 196th exits opened to traffic. It’s hoped the new ramp will eliminate last-minute lane weaving that was created when cars merged from I-405 and SR 525 to southbound I-5 and 196th. The new ramp…

Video: A weekend of roadwork in 60 seconds

WSDOT just posted a time lapse video of last weekend’s construction project on I-5 at 196th. From the video description: It’s difficult to explain in words what we are doing up there. In short, we are separating the traffic that comes off and on at these busy interchanges between I-405 and 196th Street, Lynnwood’s big…

Major freeway ramps in Lynnwood closed all weekend

You might want to plan for traffic backups in Lynnwood this weekend as two major freeway ramps are closed. WSDOT will be closing the ramp from SR 525 to southbound I-5 at 9 p.m. Friday and the ramp from I-405 to southbound I-5 at 11 p.m. Friday. Both ramps will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday….

WSDOT kicks off construction season at Lynnwood ramp project

Yesterday the state Department of Transportation officially kicked off the 2011 construction season at one of its major projects in Lynnwood. Work is already under way on the “braided ramp” on southbound I-5 at 196th Street SW. The goal is to prevent accidents and backups by separating traffic on I-5 and the SR 525 off-ramp…

Tunnel taking shape along I-5 in Lynnwood

You might not have noticed as you’re driving by on southbound I-5 near 196th, but a tunnel and several walls are taking shape. It’s all part of the “braided ramp” project. Crews are building ramps to separate traffic merging from I-405 and SR 525, from traffic exiting to 196th Street SW. It will look like…

Nightly lane closures on I-5 in Lynnwood this week

Construction crews will be back on I-5 this week in the Lynnwood area. If you drive near Alderwood Mall in the evening, you’ll want to plan ahead for nightly lane closures. Starting tonight, crews will close up to three lanes of southbound I-5 just north of I-405 from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. as they prepare to…

Experts give thumbs-up to toll lanes between Lynnwood and Renton

A proposed express toll lane system is a viable and appropriate strategy for improving mobility in the I-405 and SR 167 corridor, according to a new report by national tolling experts. WSDOT is proposing to build a system that gives solo drivers the option to use carpool lanes on I-405 by paying an electronic toll,…

What exactly is a ‘braided ramp’?

If you’ve driven on I-5 in Lynnwood lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed all the construction activity. WSDOT is building what’s known as a “braided ramp.” The new ramp from SR 525 and I-405 to southbound I-5 will be elevated over a new off-ramp to 196th Street SW. From above, it looks like a braid. The idea…

What exactly is a 'braided ramp'?

If you’ve driven on I-5 in Lynnwood lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed all the construction activity. WSDOT is building what’s known as a “braided ramp.” The new ramp from SR 525 and I-405 to southbound I-5 will be elevated over a new off-ramp to 196th Street SW. From above, it looks like a braid. The idea…

Get an inside look at the work on I-5 near 196th

The Washington State Department of Transportation just produced this video about the project on southbound I-5 near 196th Street SW. It gives you a better idea of how the new  “braided ramp” is expected to ease congestion at this busy interchange.

New ‘braided ramp’ is taking shape

WSDOT is making swift progress on a freeway fix known as a “braided ramp.” The new ramps will separate traffic merging from I-405 and SR 525 to southbound I-5 from traffic exiting southbound I-5 to 196th Street SW. From above, it will look like a braid. It’s hoped these improvements will help reduce congestion and collisions…

SR 525 on-ramp to southbound I-5 reduced to one lane for a year

Early tomorrow morning, the SR 525 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be reduced from two lanes to one lane. The closure will last a year. It’s part of a WSDOT project to build “braided ramps” that will separate traffic merging from I-405 and SR 525 to southbound I-5 from traffic exiting to 196th Street SW. The…

Part of I-5 off-ramp to 196th closed tonight and tomorrow night

Part of the southbound I-5 off-ramp to 196th Street SW will be closed tonight and tomorrow night for roadwork. WSDOT crews will close the ramp from southbound I-5 to westbound 196th Street SW at 9 p.m. and reopen it by 5 a.m. Drivers will take the off-ramp to eastbound 196th Street SW and follow a…

Major I-5 fix in Lynnwood one step closer to reality

Two weeks ago we told you about a project coming to Lynnwood that will help ease congestion on southbound I-5 between I-405 and 196th Street.  Today WSDOT awarded the contract for that project to Northwest Construction, Inc. for $18.7 million. Work will begin this summer. “The new ramps will separate traffic entering the freeway from…

‘Braided ramp’ to relieve congestion on southbound I-5 near 196th

The state Department of Transportation hopes to alleviate congestion problems in one of Lynnwood’s most problematic traffic areas. Crews will begin construction in July of a “braided ramp” – a new on-ramp from I-405 and SR 525 elevated above a new off-ramp to 196th Street Southwest. The new ramps  will eliminate lane-weaving and will help…

Work begins to relieve a common backup on 164th Street off-ramp

WSDOT is making changes that will hopefully ease some of the frequent backups on the 164th Street SW off-ramp from southbound I-5. Crews will be modifying the ramp to allow right turns from the center lane. Right now drivers can only turn right from the far right lane, which often leads to congestion on the…

Reminder: 44th Avenue West near I-5 closed nightly this week

Don’t forget to add some extra travel time into any late night trips this week. Both directions of 44th Avenue West and the on-ramp to southbound I-5 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight through Thursday nights. If you’re in the area, you’ll need to follow the detour on 204th Street SW,…

Making it easier for bikes and walkers to get around Lynnwood

As you’ve probably noticed, two major projects are under way that will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around Lynnwood. 44th Avenue West At 44th Avenue West near I-5, crews are building a pedestrian overpass that will span 44th Avenue West and the southbound I-5 on-ramp. They’ll also complete Lynnwood’s…

Southbound I-5 off-ramp closed tonight

Work on the new pedestrian overpass at 196th Street SW will require a freeway ramp closure tonight. The ramp from southbound I-5 to westbound 196th Street SW will be closed from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m tomorrow. A detour will take drivers on eastbound 196th Street SW, Alderwood Mall Parkway and Poplar Way to…