Thurston County Traffic: Long Delays for Northbound I-5 in Nisqually This Weekend

Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation

Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead for the final weekend of northbound Interstate 5 lane reductions in Nisqually. The lane closures will allow crews to complete replacement of worn concrete just north of the Nisqually River Bridge.

Work Schedule

10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, June 21-24

  • Two of the three northbound lanes will remain open. Both lanes will be narrower than usual, with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph.

11 p.m. Friday to the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22
11 p.m. Sunday, June 23 to the early morning hours of Monday, June 24

  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane so crews can install and remove traffic control.

The Washington State Department of Transportation expects significant traffic backups, especially Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Similar northbound I-5 lane closures during the previous weekend produced backups that reached Olympia.

Travelers are encouraged to consider traveling around the expected miles-long backup via US 101, State Route 3 and SR 16.

Travelers can help reduce backups and delays by:

  • Rescheduling discretionary trips.
  • Allowing plenty of extra time to travel through the work zone.
  • Travel before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.

This work is weather-dependent.

Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.

Featured photo credit: credit: Kim Merriman

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