SEATTLE, Wash. – Hoping to curb ever-increasing driver frustration, traffic officials announced Wednesday that the I-5 Corridor would be widened, bringing the freeway’s total lane count to zero.
“We’ve heard the gripes from our state’s drivers,” said a WSDOT representative. “That’s why we’re pleased to announce this expansion.”
Commuters widely regard I-5 as the most difficult part of their drive, which, for many, is in excess of two hours.
The WSDOT’s 2016 annual traffic report indicated some sections see over 200,000 vehicles each day, especially in areas north of Seattle.
With this in mind, officials have put forth numerous attempts to ease congestion and commute times, each being met with limited success.
The WSDOT is confident that this new plan, however, will much more effectively address these concerns.
Work is scheduled to begin July 2018.
“When we’re done with this project, it’s going to be like there are no cars on the road at all.”