Travel Tools Available For Labor Day Weekend

Dust off those study skills before school starts and use them to check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s predicted travel volumes on the state’s major travel routes.

To help drivers navigate holiday traffic, WSDOT gathers data to provide the best times to travel on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, US 2 over Stevens Pass, Interstate 5 through Thurston and Pierce counties and I-5 between Bellingham and the U.S./Canada border.

Real-time travel information is also available, with:

  • online tools that provide traffic camera images, ferry schedules and a map of highway incidents and closures
  • 511 travel information hotline. For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623)
  • WSDOT mobile app, email alerts and other tools, such as Twitter and Facebook
  • overhead and roadside electronic signs
  • highway advisory radio stations: 530 AM or 1610 AM

To help ease traffic congestion, WSDOT and its contractors will suspend most state highway construction work at noon Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2.


sportfishing rule proposal: comments, public meetings

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Oct. 31 on proposed changes to the state’s sportfishing rules.

As part of that effort, WDFW has scheduled two public meetings in September to discuss with the public the three proposed rules.

To review and comment on the proposed rules, visit WDFW’s website at Printed copies of the proposals and comment forms are available by contacting WDFW’s Fish Program at (360) 902-2672.

The public meetings will run from 6-8 p.m. and are scheduled for:

  • Sept. 3 – WDFW’s Spokane Office, 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
  • Sept. 5 – Naselle School common area, 793 Washington Highway 4, Naselle.

The public also will have an opportunity to provide testimony on the proposed rule changes during the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s November meeting in Olympia. Check the commission’s website ( for the specific day and time.

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to vote on the final sportfishing rules package during a meeting in December.


Lacey City Council Advisory Boards & Commissions Applicants

Lacey City Council is currently recruiting for several vacancies on the Planning Commission. Interviews will be held in late 2013, with the positions filled in early 2014.

The Planning Commission develops recommendations for long range planning and incorporates ideas into comprehensive planning goals and policies. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Lacey City Hall. Planning Commission members serve a three-year term with a two-term limit. Most of the vacancies must be filled by applicants who live within the City of Lacey. One vacancy can be filled by an applicant who lives within the City of Lacey or the Urban Growth Area. The vacancies are open until filled.

If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, and would like to receive an application, please contact Peri Edmonds at (360) 438-2620, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also download an application from the City’s website at Please submit a letter of interest and resume along with your application.

Press Release: Lacey Public Affairs & Human Resources Department

Second and final stage of I-5 widening project underway

Night time lane closures begin Monday, Aug. 26.

CENTRALIA – Travelers on Interstate 5 in Centralia will see construction crews on the roadway next week as the second and final stage of widening work picks up pace.

Drivers can expect night time lane closures, traffic shifts and roadside work starting Monday, Aug. 26. Lane closure hours will vary depending on days of the week and traffic conditions. Drivers will typically encounter closed lanes on the interstate from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays, and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekends.

“Our contractor is jumping in with both feet this summer,” said Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer Colin Newell. “Drivers will see changes to I-5 pretty quickly and a bunch of activity along the interstate, especially at Blakeslee Junction and Mellen Street.”