Road Restrictions On Yelm Highway

City Crews to Repair Stormwater Line
Beginning Wednesday, September 24 and continuing through Thursday, September 25, Yelm Highway, near Glenmore Drive SE, will be restricted to one lane of travel heading east between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Also during this time, the entrance into and out of Glenmore Drive will be closed. The restrictions are necessary to facilitate the repair of a stormwater line and pavement restoration. The construction area will re-open to traffic after 4:00 pm each day. Residents and local traffic are encouraged to use alternate routes to minimize traffic impacts. Please use caution when travelling in the area and obey all traffic control. September 24, 2014

Boulevard Road And 22nd Avenue Road Closures

Plan Ahead! Asphalt Paving September 27 from 7 am to 6 pm
Boulevard Road between 18th Avenue and Holly Lane, and 22nd Avenue east of Wilkins Place will be CLOSED to through traffic on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm for final paving of the roadway. If poor weather conditions prevent paving on September 27, work will be done on the next available good weather day.

Why are we closing the roads? To ensure safety within the work area, we decided that the best option is to complete paving operations with temporary (one day) closures. We chose a Saturday closure to minimize commuter and resident impact.

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Fuel Spill Cleanup Will Cause Slowdowns On SR8

Crews that specialize in hazardous spill clean-ups are expected to finish clean-up work associated with a 3,700-gallon fuel spill resulting from a collision on State Route 8 earlier this summer. Clean-up efforts have been extensive and have required an around-the-clock closure of the right westbound lane of SR 8 since late July. Crews have excavated the lane and removed the contaminated soil, and are now rebuilding the lane in preparation for reopening it. 

Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., motorists should expect intermittent rolling slowdowns throughout the day on westbound SR 8 near Summit Lake Grocery between mileposts 17.5 and 19 so crews can remove roadway barrier and install crushed rock in preparation for final paving of the lane.  The rolling slowdown is in addition to the around-the-clock lane closure.

As long as the weather cooperates, final paving is expected to begin on Thursday, Sept. 25, with the lane reopening shortly thereafter.

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State Seeks To Purchase Forest Conservation Easements

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking landowners who wish to apply for permanent conservation easements through its Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program (RHOSP). Since 2002, the state of Washington has invested $3.9 million to purchase easements through the program. “The program is about finding ways to achieve endangered species protections in partnership with economically viable forest management,” said Washington State Forester Aaron Everett. “This year’s program funds will be targeted in areas where recent science shows us that Northern spotted owls can benefit from strategic habitat protection.”

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