New SR 520 HOV Lanes Open For Business

BELLEVUE – This morning’s commute greeted carpoolers and bus riders with brand new HOV lanes on State Route 520 between Bellevue and Medina. Crews working on the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project placed the final lane striping over the weekend for the new HOV lanes. At 5 a.m. this morning, Sept. 15, the lanes opened to carpools of three or more people and transit for the first time.

“With these new lanes, we get closer to finishing extensive improvements to SR 520 on the Eastside,” said Julie Meredith, SR 520 Program Administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “HOV lanes not only mean faster trips for those riding in them, but they can cut commute times for all users. This is exciting for everyone traveling the corridor.”

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WDFW seeks nominations to new Willapa Bay salmon advisory group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Sept. 22 for membership on a new ad hoc advisory group that will assist in developing a draft policy for managing salmon in Willapa Bay.

Up to five qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the new policy group, which will also include the current members of the existing Willapa Bay salmon management advisory group.

The new salmon policy advisory group will meet three times a month for the next five months to develop recommendations that support conservation objectives and improve sustainable salmon fishing opportunities in Willapa Bay.

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State Parks Commission Regular Meeting In Ilwaco

OLYMPIA – Sept. 12, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces its regular meeting next week in Ilwaco.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, 115 Lake St. S.E., Ilwaco. A full Commission meeting agenda is available online. Time for public comment is provided at all regular Commission meetings, which are convened six times a year at locations around the state.
The Commission will consider adopting two prioritized management options for the historic Saint Edward Seminary Building at Saint Edward State Park near Kenmore – rehabilitating the building for public-private purposes – or vacating the building. If the action is adopted, staff would be directed to explore detailed rehabilitation proposals and work with interested parties to develop any appropriate lease and governance options. If a rehabilitation proposal does not provide results in 12 months, staff would take steps to vacate the building.

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SR 520 to close Sept. 13 to 15 for completion of new HOV lanes

BELLEVUE – Construction crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s State Route 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project will be hard at work over the weekend as they put the final touches on new high-occupancy vehicle lanes between Bellevue and Medina. Beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, all SR 520 lanes across Lake Washington will be >shut down in both directions between Interstate 405 and Montlake Boulevard for striping of the new lanes and other work.

“We’re almost done with more than three years of work on the Eastside” said project engineer Mark Allison. “We’ve already opened two new transit stops, paved six new mainline lanes, and on Monday, the HOV lanes will open.”

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