I-5 ramp closures, Fremont Fair may impact Eastlake traffic this weekend

MONDAY UPDATE: The WSDOT reports that the I-5 ramps at Mercer reopened at 5 a.m. Monday as planned.

ORIGINAL POST: Eastlake residents may find their path getting into and out of the neighborhood complicated by several events this weekend:

I-5 ramp closures at Mercer: The latest round of I-5 ramp closures at Mercer will run from Friday (June 17) at 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday morning (June 20). The closures are part of the ongoing work on the Mercer Corridor Project.

If you’re trying to get from Eastlake to downtown during the closure, you need to know that Fairview Avenue N. will be closed between Mercer and Valley streets. Mercer will be closed from Westlake to Fairview. You can find maps of detour routes at the Seattle Department of Transportation’s website. There will be signage marking alternate routes and police officers directing traffic at key intersections.

While the ramps are closed, Metro will reroute buses off Fairview and onto Eastlake through the Cascade neighborhood. The Metro reroutes will go until 5 a.m. Monday even if the ramps open early.

Fremont Fair: The Fremont Fair runs Saturday and Sunday and the popular Solstice Parade (oooh! nude bike riders!) is at noon on Saturday. If you’re trying to get to Fremont or Ballard by going through Fremont, be aware that streets may be closed or clogged. Directions on how to get to the fair can be found on the event’s website.

SR520 bridge closure: And, to cap things off, SR520 will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday from Montlake to I-405 in Bellevue. SR520 will be open between I-5 and Montlake. The closure is to allow crews to work on several projects, including a fish-passage culvert in Bellevue, removing a pedestrian bridge in Medina and building a temporary intersection at Bellevue Way NE.