Traffic on the Aurora Bridge will be limited to one lane each direction this weekend and others throughout the summer for construction, and on Sunday, June 9 all northbound lanes will close during the annual Rock ‘N Roll Marathon.
The first in a succession of 10 weekend closures goes from 7 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, reducing passage to one lane in each direction. The 89-year-old bridge will undergo paving, cleaning, repainting, and expansion-joint repairs that will prevent corrosion and surface ruts, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Lead-based paints are to be chipped away, captured by fabric beneath and replaced by safer unleaded paint. This phase is part of a $35.2 million rehabilitation that began early last year.
Similar weekend lane closures on the bridge are scheduled June 14-17, June 28-July 1, July 12-15, and August 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26. Three more are expected after August. Aurora already has been undergoing repaving in a 7 1/2-mile project from Roy Street in South Lake Union to North 145th Street at the Seattle-Shoreline boundary.
On June 9, the St. Jude Rock ‘N Roll Marathon will wind through downtown and north-central Seattle, including on the Interstate 5 Express Lanes and Highway 99.
The Aurora Bridge will be the most affected area, closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. northbound. Southbound lanes will stay open, and northbound travel will be available in the non-bridge portions of Aurora Avenue North. With the Highway 99 tunnel now completed, runners will take a new path this year by entering Aurora via the new Harrison Street interchange, proceeding to Green Lake and around the lake, the race map shows.
Other highway closures include a full-time, single-lane reduction of westbound Highway 18 at Issaquah-Hobart Road until sometime in July. Overnight lane closures are scheduled in early June at Interstate 405 through Renton, the I-405 to Interstate 90 onramps that pass under Sound Transit bridge construction at Bellevue, Highway 2 through Snohomish, and Aurora Avenue North.