Drivers heading eastbound on NW/North 85th Street have had to deal with detours for nearly a year now, as Seattle Department of Transportation reconstructed the roadway from Ballard to I-5. Now, SDOT says the final detour stage will end on Thursday.
The eastbound detour between Aurora Avenue North and Wallingford Avenue North will be removed after Thursday’s morning commute. All lanes will be open by mid-day. That also means Metro’s eastbound Route 48 bus will return to its regular route along 85th Street.
Once that detour is gone, SDOT will begin restoring the detour route of North 80th Street to its original configuration between Linden Avenue North and Burke Avenue North. That means the left-turn restrictions from eastbound 80th Street onto Aurora will be removed and the roadway will be restriped to allow two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane.
This week, SDOT crews will be doing minor wrap up work all along NW/North 85th Street, including some electrical and storm drainage work, adjusting traffic signs, reinstalling bike racks, and final adjustments to the new asphalt and concrete roadway and sidewalks. All major construction will be done by the end of October.