Southbound I-5 traffic shifting west Nov. 5 in Centralia

Watch for narrower lanes, reduced speed limit through 2015. CENTRALIA – Construction crews widening Interstate 5 in Centralia will make room for building a new bridge over Reynolds Avenue by shifting and narrowing the southbound lanes Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Crews start the complicated process of shifting live traffic at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All southbound lanes will be shifted by 6 a.m. Wednesday. The speed limit for both directions of I-5 will also be reduced from 60 mph to 50 mph.

“Southbound I-5 will still be two lanes once we shift them over, but there won’t be quite as much wiggle room as before,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Colin Newell. “So, while traffic is shifted, we’re going to slow things down a bit to help keep drivers safe.”

Shifting southbound I-5 is a big step towards construction of a new, wider northbound I-5 bridge over Reynolds Avenue. By early next year, crews will shift the northbound I-5 lanes and begin demolishing the existing bridges.

At three lanes and 58 feet wide, the new northbound I-5 bridge over Reynolds Avenue will be one lane and 22 feet wider than the existing bridge.

WSDOT contractor Cascade Bridge LLC built the new southbound I-5 bridge over Reynolds Avenue during the first phase of the I-5 Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project. The first phase was completed earlier this year.

Scarsella Brothers is building the current, final phase of the project, scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Shifting traffic on I-5 is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

WSDOT is overhauling four miles of I-5 in Centralia. The I-5 Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project constructs new collector-distributor lanes, a couplet system at Mellen Street, safety improvements north of Blakeslee Junction, congestion relief at the Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue interchanges, and a new local travel option via the Louisiana Avenue-Airport Road connection.

The project is the last in an eight-year-long, $168 million effort to improve safety and congestion on I-5 in Lewis and south Thurston counties.

CMF&EMS Meeting Nov. 21

The Board of Commissioners for Central Mason Fire & EMS has moved its regular meeting from Wednesday the 20th of November to Thursday the 21st. 4:00PM at 122 W Franklin St, Shelton

Public Hearing on Draft Medical Marijuana Recommendations

Single hearing to be held on November 13 at Saint Martin’s University
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (Board) announced today that it will hold a public hearing on Nov. 13, 2013, to take public testimony regarding recent draft medical marijuana recommendations.
Hearing Details
Date:                Nov. 13, 2013
Time:                6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:          Worthington Center - Saint Martin’s University (5300 Pacific Ave. Lacey, WA 98503)
A proviso in Section 141 of the state operating budget directs the Washington State Liquor Control Board to work with the departments of Revenue and Health to develop recommendations for the Legislature regarding the interaction of medical marijuana regulations and the emerging recreational marijuana system.
The draft recommendations on which the Board will take comment cover  eight categories that include possession amounts, medical marijuana authorizing requirements, taxation and other topics.
The Board will present  final recommendations to the Legislature by January 1, 2014  . The date for the Board’s approval of the final recommendations has not yet been determined. The Board continues to take written testimony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The event agenda is posted on the Board website at www.liq.wa.gov. For more information about the current state of medical marijuana, please visit the WSLCB website or the Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov.  
November 11, 2013/LCB News Release

PUD3 Hearings on Proposed Rates & Budget

The Mason County PUD No. 3 Board of Commissioners has scheduled two public hearings for Tuesday, November 12, 2013, to discuss modifications of electricity rates and consideration of the 2014 proposed budget. The rate hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. at 2621 E. Johns Prairie Road in the Skookum Auditorium. The hearing for the 2014 proposed budget will follow immediately. Copies of the proposed budget will be available at PUD offices on or after November 5, 2013. A regularly scheduled business meeting will succeed the hearings. November 11, 2013