Officer Mark Wong of the Seattle Police Department reports that he has heard from the State Patrol about when three I-5 ramps (Roanoke exit, Boylston entrance and Mercer exit) will close on July 4. The State Patrol says the ramps will close by 9:30 p.m. and should be open as soon after the fireworks show (which begins at 10) as possible.
At a June 8 meeting sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council, Officer Wong said the opening of the ramps usually begins with Mercer and ends with Roanoke. If you have guests arriving via I-5 for the fireworks, they should get here before 9:30 p.m. At the meeting, Officer Wong and Lt. Deanna Nollette (she’s in charge of police coverage for Eastlake on the Fourth) said ideally guests should arrive by 6:30-7 p.m.
For more on the SPD plans for the Fourth, see our post from June 8.