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Eastbound SR 18 Near Auburn to be closed July 26-29

Motorists advised to plan alternate routes

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close lanes on eastbound SR 18 between SR 167 and the Green River Bridge to replace pavement on the C Street SW exit approach and the roadway spanning the Green River (Neely Bridge) in Auburn. Both sections will be replaced during the weekend of July 26-29. Lanes will start closing at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26. WSDOT will reopen the lanes by 5 a.m. Monday, July 29. 

All eastbound SR 18 lanes between SR 167 and C Street SW will be closed, and from SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road to just east of the Green River Bridge. The northbound and southbound SR 167 off-ramps to eastbound SR 18 will also be closed. 

Eastbound SR 18 will remain open to local traffic only between Auburn Way S. and SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road. All lanes of westbound SR 18 will remain open.

WSDOT crews will not provide drivers with a signed, turn-by-turn detour, however there are several ways to detour around the eastbound SR 18 lane closures. The City of Auburn provided WSDOT with two suggested alternate routes:

From northbound and southbound SR 167:

  • Exit at South 277th Street and follow signs to SR 516.
  • Turn right onto SR 516 until you reach eastbound SR 18.

From SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road exit:

  • Exit eastbound SR 18 and continue on SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road.
  • Turn left onto Kent Black-Diamond Road SE. The road becomes 152nd Avenue SE.
  • Turn right onto SR 516 until you reach eastbound SR 18.

For more information on the SR 18 – SR 99 to Green River Bridge Paving, visit the WSDOT project page.