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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WDFW Seeks Comments On Protective Status For Tufted Puffins And Steller Sea Lions

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is taking public input on state status reports and listing recommendations for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions. The department is recommending listing tufted puffins on the state’s endangered species list and removing Steller sea lions from the state’s threatened species list.

Public comment on the reports and listing recommendations will be accepted through Dec. 11. The tufted puffin report is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01642/, while the Steller sea lion report is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01641/.

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Days Get Shorter, Rock Blasting Closures Get Earlier On Snoqualmie Pass

Closures start at 6:30 p.m. next week. HYAK – As the days get shorter, closures on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass start getting earlier so crews have enough daylight to conduct rock blasting operations. The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 6:30 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 18. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound drivers will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns could cause 20 minute delays Monday through Friday during the day from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers will also experience nighttime delays due to a single lane closure through the same location.

Drivers may experience minor delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. near Vantage (milepost 137) on Monday, Sept. 15. Crews will be closing a single lane westbound to make repairs to the Vantage Bridge. Crews will also be making repairs to the Denny Creek Bridge (milepost 50) on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 18. Drivers may experience minor delays between 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. due to a single lane closure westbound.

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Committee Members Sought For Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking members of the sport fishing community to serve on a committee that oversees the Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement program.  People interested in serving on the 10-member Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Oversight Committee have through Oct. 15 to apply.

The committee was created in 2003 by the Legislature to advise WDFW’s director on all aspects of the fisheries enhancement program. Key responsibilities of the program are to restore and enhance recreational fisheries in Puget Sound, ensure the productivity of sustainable populations of salmon and marine bottomfish, and promote recreational fishing opportunities.

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