High-Tech Sign Installation Will Close Northbound I-5 Next 3 Weekend Nights

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The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be closing northbound I-5 between the Boeing Access Road and I-90 over the next three weekend nights, so they can install some 95 high-tech “Smarter Highways” readerboard signs.

The new signs, being introduced first on northbound I-5 then on SR-520 this summer are the latest smarter highway technology aimed at increasing safety, reducing collisions and reducing congestion. To learn more, visit the project Web site: www.smarterhighways.com.

Crews will close northbound I-5 between Boeing Access Road and Spokane Street beginning at 11:59 p.m. on the following nights:

  • Friday, April 16
  • Saturday, April 17
  • Friday, April 23
  • Saturday, April 24
  • Friday, April 30
  • Saturday, May 1

Signed detours will be in place to guide drivers northbound on Airport Way and back to I-5. Drivers should expect delays or take alternate routes.

Here’s a mockup photo of what the new signs will look like:

Photos courtesy WSDOT.

For more details visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/ActiveTrafficManagement/map.htm.

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3 Responses to “High-Tech Sign Installation Will Close Northbound I-5 Next 3 Weekend Nights”
  1. Diana says:

    Speaking of budgets, raising taxes and spending more money…where did these things come from? Who decided that we needed these? Seems like a waste of money to me.

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  2. Keith says:

    Diana, Smart freeways have been proven to help with congestion and make things flow alot smoother. Have you never been stuck going north on I5 right after Michigan?

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  3. Zack says:

    What a waste of money. Save our money from these 18 million dollar Jersey barriers and “smart” signs. You know what has a 100% chance of reducing traffic? More lanes!

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