BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP/CBS Seattle) — The Washington Department of Transportation is begging commuters to make alternative plans for getting to work next week if they usually commute to Seattle on Interstate 90.

Three lanes of westbound I-90 will be closed beginning Friday at 9:30 p.m. between Bellevue and Mercer Island for road repair. One lane will remain open to traffic.

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The lanes will be closed for 7 days while crews replace two aging and deteriorating 92-foot-long bridge expansion joins on the freeway’s east channel bridge.

The lane closures also will affect many of Bellevue’s on-ramps to westbound I-90, as well as traffic on I-5, I-405 and SR-520.

Traffic engineers have advised that the best times to travel during the closures will be before 6 a.m., between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and after 7 p.m., according to KIRO.

Transportation officials say about 85,000 drivers use westbound I-90 each day. They are being asked to consider carpooling, taking another route, telecommuting or catching a bus.

Crews hope to complete their work and reopen the lanes on Friday, July 25 at 5 a.m.

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