Traveling to Seattle this weekend? Plan for added congestion, delays

People traveling to and from the Seattle area this weekend should plan for added congestion and travel delays due to maintenance and construction on state highways, as well as a championship soccer match. Additionally, tolling in the State Route 99 tunnel begins Saturday morning, Nov. 9.

Eastbound SR 520 between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and 84th Avenue Northeast in Clyde Hill will close from 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, to 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. On Monday morning, Nov. 11, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce the highway from three lanes to two in each direction between Montlake Boulevard and the floating bridge, creating a new work zone as part of the SR 520 Montlake Project.

The northbound SR 99 tunnel will fully close for routine maintenance from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, to 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. WSDOT crews will check the jet fans, fire extinguishers, emergency phones and cameras and finish uncovering tolling signs.

Tolling in the SR 99 tunnel starts at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the southbound direction. Northbound tolling will begin once maintenance work is complete. The tunnel will toll drivers in both directions. Weekend toll rates are $1 with a Good To Go! pass and $3 without a Good To Go! account.

The Sounders compete for the MLS Cup at noon Sunday, Nov. 10 at CenturyLink Field. The championship match will bring plenty of additional traffic to downtown Seattle. There are different ways for fans to make it to the stadium, including several transit routes. People who use SR 99 may want to open a Good To Go! account before traveling to get the best rate.


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