Congestion likely at Northgate southbound I-5 on- and off ramps

All lanes on Northgate Way from Aurora to Meridian to reopen on Sept. 4

The Seattle Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin the last phase of its current repaving work on North Northgate Way on Thursday, Sept. 4. On that date, construction crews will move to the final phase of the project, the one-block segment of North Northgate Way between Meridian Avenue North and Corliss Avenue North, adjacent to I-5.

The street in this stretch is sufficiently wide that crews will be able to work while keeping a single lane of general purpose traffic open in both east- and westbound directions. This lane reduction will remain in place until the work is completed, which is currently slated to occur in mid-November.

Due to the heavy volume of traffic that normally uses this road, motorists should expect delays, particularly during the morning and afternoon commutes. Both north- and southbound traffic exiting from I-5 at Northgate Way may encounter backups onto I-5 at such times. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes during the peak travel times, if that is an option.

On the same day, Sept. 4, crews are expected to have completed work on the center phase of the project, Aurora Avenue North to Meridian Avenue North. Eastbound traffic has been closed for this work since March, with westbound traffic frequently reduced to a single lane. Once completed, two lanes of traffic in both directions will be fully reopened.

Improvements that are part of the North 105th/North Northgate Way Project include complete roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and street trees from Greenwood Avenue North to Corliss Avenue North. SDOT is also upgrading traffic signals from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast (and along Lake City Way to North 120th Street), as well as installing two new dynamic message signs to provide drivers with real time travel information. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.

More information can be found on the project website at

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Marybeth Turner

Public Relations Supervisor

City of Seattle Department of Transportation

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