A little over a week ago, WSDOT and Sound Transit completed Phase I of the I-90 Two-way HOV project. The project is going to add a single HOV lane in each direction on the main roadways of I-90, between I-405 and I-5.
Phase I completed this widening from I-405 to the Mercer Island Park & Ride on the Westbound side, including a new HOV off-ramp. As the afternoon reverse commute is the worst of all the I-90 commute permutations, this I-90 reverse commuter applauds the completion of this project almost a year head of schedule.
Unfortunately, Phases 2 (eastbound on the same stretch) and 3 (the main span of the bridge) aren’t funded for completion, unless, of course, Proposition 1 passes, which fully funds the lanes to free up the center Express lanes for light rail, which will carry several times as many people as the existing lanes would.