Drivers seemed to heed the warning and did their best to stay off westbound Interstate 90 in Bellevue Monday morning, where repair work had three lanes closed.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is replacing expansion joints between I-405 and Bellevue Way. The closure is expected to last until 5 a.m. Friday.
WSDOT kept one general purpose lane and the HOV lane open to all traffic. At the worst point, the drive time from Issaquah to Seattle Monday morning was about 40 minutes. WSDOT predicted that it could have been 60 minutes if drivers did not seek alternate routes such as I-405 or State Route 520.
The evening commute could be difficult, too, with fans headed to Seattle to see the Mariners this week. But the biggest test is likely to come Tuesday as President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Seattle and the eastside for a Democratic fundraiser. That will mean traffic will be blocked for his motorcade, whichever route is chosen.
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