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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers And All UIIA Motor Carrier Members

WSDOT Road Construction Closures To Affect Traffic in Greater Seattle Area

Beginning August 10, 2007, WSDOT crews will be closing multiple lanes and ramps in Seattle, WA, along northbound Interstate 5 between Spokane Street and Interstate 90 for 19 days to perform extensive rehabilitation work on the freeway. While the construction will have no impact to rail operations, it will dramatically affect road traffic in the greater-Seattle area, particularly traffic attempting to move north or east of downtown.

Trucks traveling to BNSF’s South Seattle facility from north or east of downtown Seattle should consider alternate routes to make cutoff times. Drivers can take I-405 to attempt to bypass congestion. Drivers en route to Spokane are also instructed to use I-405. BNSF’s Seattle International Gateway (SIG) facility should not be affected by the construction.

WSDOT is asking daily commuters and general travelers to reroute accordingly, as drivers could expect severe congestion on I-5 from 4:00 a.m. to midnight every day, with worst-case scenario backups extending from downtown Seattle to Tacoma.

For more information on the construction project, please refer to the WSDOT Web site at:

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