Rock blasting, rolling slowdowns and lane closures planned next week on Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK – Drivers traveling east of Snoqualmie Pass next week need to plan for added travel time due to rolling slowdowns, lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close Interstate 90 for rock blasting at 7:30 p.m. each night for about an hour Monday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug. 14. Eastbound traffic will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound traffic will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Drivers could experience delays of up to 30 minutes due to daytime intermittent rolling slowdowns Monday through Friday about four miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass Summit (milepost 56) around Keechelus Lake (milepost 61).

Daytime and nighttime lane closures in both directions could cause delays for drivers between Denny Creek (milepost 47) and the Price Creek vicinity (milepost 65) Monday through Friday. Intermittent ramp closures at the Cabin Creek and Stampede Pass interchanges will occur nightly from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Drivers are encouraged to use the following tools to plan their trips over I-90 this summer:

August 8, 2014

Olympic National Forest Pyramid Fire Is 100% Contained

Olympia, Wash. – The small Pyramid Fire burning on state and U.S. Forest Service land north of Crescent Lake is 100 percent contained. One Olympic National Forest engine crew and two Washington Department of Natural Resources fire crews are currently working on the “mop up” stage of the suppression effort, in which they extinguish or remove burning material around the control lines and address other potential hazards that could breach control lines. They expect to complete this process by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The Pyramid Fire, which burned approximately 1.5 acres, is believed to be human-caused due to the recent lack lightning, the main source of ignition for natural-caused wildfires, in the area. The exact cause of the fire is as yet undetermined.

As warm and dry conditions are expected to return later this week, all forest visitors should be extremely careful with fire and other potential sources of ignition. Approximately 95% of wildfires on the Olympic National Forest are human-caused.

August 6, 2014

Olympia Accepting Applications For 2015 Tourism Funding From Lodging Tax

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. Now is the time to apply for funding from Olympia’s Lodging Tax for 2015 tourism-related services. The application is posted on the City’s website: Olympia receives an amount equal to a 4% tax on overnight hotel/motel/bed & breakfast lodging in Olympia. By state law, the city’s Lodging Tax Fund is used for:

  • marketing and operating expenses of festivals and events designed to attract tourists
  • capital and/or operating costs of tourism-related facilities owned by the City, and
  • operating expenses of tourism-related facilities operated by 501c3 and 501c6 non-profit organizations.

Non-profit and government agencies that provided tourism services or operate tourism facilities are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed by Olympia’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee who will recommend 2015 funding to the City Council. All agencies awarded funding will be required to sign a contract with the City to provide specific tourism services during 2015.

In particular, the Olympia committee is seeking applications for events, activities, and facilities that attract tourists who stay overnight in Olympia hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities.

Date of Release:  August 6, 2014

Snow Creek Road Temporary Closure, Use Alternate Route To Snow Creek Trailhead

Olympia, Wash – Snow Creek Road will be closed for culvert repair just outside the Olympic National Forest boundary from August 11 to September 5. Jefferson County Department of Public Works will temporarily close the road between mileposts 3.74 and 3.82 in order to access the site of the culvert over Andrews Creek.

Snow Creek Road is used by visitors to reach the Snow Creek Trailhead on the Olympic National Forest. During the road closure, the trailhead will not be accessible from Highway 101 via Snow Creek Road. Visitors may continue to access the trailhead by taking Woods Road (which becomes FS 2850) off Highway 101 east of Sequim.

Information about the Snow Creek Trail can be found HERE.

August 6, 2014