More Road Closures Along I-5 Near JBLM

The ramp and weigh station will close each night at 10 p.m. Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31. They will reopen each following morning at 4 a.m. The closures are necessary while crews finish work on the one-lane access road from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to Center Drive. Drivers headed to northbound I-5 should use the Steilacoom-DuPont Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 or find another alternate route. Once the ramp work is completed, drivers using the Center Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be able to take a free left turn, while a new stop sign will provide traffic control for JBLM drivers.

The current one-lane road from JBLM to Center Drive was originally built as an emergency access road not intended for routine use. As part of WSDOT’s ongoing efforts to improve I-5 traffic flow through the JBLM area, the ramp modifications will allow continual use by JBLM personnel exiting the base.

Revisions to the Center Drive interchange are one of several improvements that WSDOT and its regional partners are working on to help reduce traffic congestion along I-5.

Public Hospital District No. 1 Special Meeting

Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County Board of Commissioners has announced a special meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 29th at 9:00 10 East Alderbrook Drive Union, WA 98121 in the Twanoh Room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Strategic Initiatives. July 28, 2014.

Single Lane Closures For Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK – Drivers planning trips over Snoqualmie Pass next week need to plan for added travel due to single lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close Interstate 90 for rock blasting at 8 p.m. each night for about an hour Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31. Westbound traffic will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and eastbound traffic will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).

Intermittent rolling slowdowns are planned Monday through Friday during day 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 62 to 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.

WSDOT Traffic Advisory - July 25, 2014

Month-Long Westbound SR 8 Lane Closure Scheduled For Spill Clean-Up

SUMMIT LAKE – On Saturday, July 26, crews will reduce westbound SR 8 to one lane between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to restripe the road in preparation for a long-term lane closure that will begin Monday morning, July 28.

Starting Monday and continuing through late August, westbound State Route 8 will be reduced to one lane around the clock between mileposts 17.5 and 19 near the Summit Lake Grocery for continued clean-up activities following a fuel spill earlier this month.

The remaining open lane on westbound SR 8 will be narrowed to 11 feet with two-foot shoulders, and moved toward the highway median to make room for the clean-up.

Other restrictions will also be in place. They include:

  • The westbound SR 8 exit to Summit Lake Grocery will be closed for construction access during daytime hours. Westbound motorists can access Summit Lake Grocery by turning right at the next exit.
  • Bicyclists will be escorted through the workzone each Monday through Friday between sunrise and sunset. Outside of those hours, bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes.
  • Truckers hauling cargo over 14 feet wide will not be allowed through the workzone and will be detoured onto US 101. They are advised that a chip-seal operation is occurring along the detour route that may cause additional delays.

Traffic backups are expected to be minimal on westbound SR 8, however motorists are advised to drive through the area carefully and give themselves a few extra minutes to reach their destinations.

On July 10, a collision resulted in a spill of approximately 3,700 gallons of fuel onto the roadway shoulder and ditch. To date, crews specializing in hazardous material clean-ups have removed approximately 2,000 gallons of the spilled fuel. To access the remaining fuel, they will remove the asphalt from the closed lane, excavate and remove the contaminated soil, and rebuild the lane.

The intention of the Washington State Department of Transportation is to recuperate costs to the agency from the responsible party resulting from this incident.

WSDOT Traffic Advisory - July 25, 2014