Express lanes schedule

I-5 Express Lanes in SeattleWSDOT uses the I-5 express lanes to assist the flow of traffic during busy travel times. These lanes are scheduled to move in the direction that will relieve the most congestion from the transportation system. We operate the lanes on a typical daily schedule that changes on the weekends and occasionally for major events.

View the map of I-5 express lanes and ramps

No more last-minute lane changes

Crews added double white lines to the left lane of northbound I-5 about 1,700 feet prior to the northbound express lanes entrance Tuesday night, Nov. 6. This moved the decision point farther back eliminating last-minute lane changes which will improve safety and keep traffic moving smoothly. It is now illegal to move in or out of the left lane near the express lanes entrance.

I-5 Express Lanes Schedule


  • Southbound - 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Northbound - 11:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Closed: 11 p.m. - 5 a.m.

Saturday & Sunday

  • Southbound - 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Northbound - 1:45 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Closed: 11 p.m. - 8 a.m.

I-5 Express Lanes - Special events schedule

  • Saturday, May 30 (Special Notice)
    The I-5 Express Lanes will be closed all day. They will reopen as usual the following morning, Sunday May 31.
  • Weekday Evenings, June 1 - 3
    On these evenings the northbound I-5 Express Lanes exit to Northgate Way will close early at 9:00 p.m. for Sound Transit light rail construction.