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.


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.”


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, while the Steller sea lion report is available at


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.