I-90 / SR 18 Interchange Improvements

The Interstate 90 / State Route 18 interchange is a problematic transportation challenge for Snoqualmie.

After many years of meetings with the Washington State Department of Transportation and local leadership testimony in Olympia,  the 
Washington State Legislature approved $150 million to improve travel times and safety performance at the interchange.

Funding to design and construct interchange improvements was moved up by six years from 2019 to 2023 during the 2017 legislative session

WSDOT will continue to monitor traffic in the area and make low-cost improvements, when feasible, to manage congestion until the new interchange is complete.

Project Description



The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will conduct extensive community engagement, traffic analysis, and environmental analysis as an interchange design is refined. At this time a Diverging Diamond Interchange is the leading concept.  

WSDOT will conduct a detailed study to determine the optimal location for relocating the existing I-90 / SR 18 interchange weigh station to increase space available for the new interchange. WSDOT will analyze locations along eastbound I-90 that would support the Washington State Patrol commercial vehicle enforcement needs for eastbound freight traffic. 

Timeline

2017: Design work initiated
2018-2019: Community engagement, environmental and traffic analysis
2021: Construction tentatively scheduled to begin
2023: New interchange opens (anticipated)

Benefits

  • Improved traffic flow and congestion relief
  • Increased safety 
  • Improved travel and commute times on I-90, SR 18, and Snoqualmie Parkway
  • Reduced freight traffic on local city streets by relocating the weigh station

More Information



Visit the
 WSDOT website for detailed information about this project.
  1. Daniel J. Marcinko

    Parks & Public Works Director
    Phone: 425-888-8009