Plan For Added Time If Traveling Snoqualmie Pass

Road closures from wildfires in north central Washington could reroute several thousand more vehicles onto Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass this weekend.

The Washington State Department of Transportation predicts about 8,000 more vehicles could travel on I-90 on Friday and about 9,000 more vehicles on Sunday. Drivers need to plan for added travel time and pack their patience.For more information regarding statewide closures due to wildfires please visit our WSDOT Blog.

WSDOT and contractor crews will close I-90 for rock blasting at 8 p.m. each night for about an hour Monday, July 21 through Thursday, July 24. 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 the 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 from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

HYAK – July 18, 2014

Seeking Public Comments On Projects In & Around State Waters

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed updates to state Hydraulic Code rules, which regulate construction and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life. Common projects requiring approval under the state’s hydraulic rules include work on bulkheads, culverts, piers and docks.

WDFW will accept written comments through Aug.15 on the proposed rules, a related draft environmental impact statement, and a small business economic impact statement.

All documents related to this rulemaking activity are available on WDFW’s website, along with an email address for submitting comments. Written comments also can be addressed to Randi Thurston, WDFW Habitat Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA  98501-1091.

Lisa Veneroso, who leads WDFW's habitat program, said the changes proposed in the Hydraulic Code rules will provide more protection for fish, streamline the permit process and ensure the code is consistent with other state laws.

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Northbound US 101 closes near Olympia for striping

Northbound US 101 drivers near Olympia should plan ahead to avoid a lengthy detour. Weather permitting, at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, crews will close northbound US 101 at the interchange with State Route 8 to install permanent striping.

Motorists will detour around the closure via State Routes 8 and 108. The detour is 26 miles long and adds 30 minutes to drivers’ trips. During the closure, bicyclists will be allowed to use Madrona Beach Road Northwest and Old Highway 410 Southwest.

Northbound 101 will reopen the following morning by 5 a.m.

The closure is related to a paving project to rehabilitate the lanes and ramps along northbound US 101 between Black Lake Boulevard and Steamboat Island.

Before heading out, drivers should plan their trip using Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic tools.

Use travel alerts to get real-time information about blocking incidents or construction.

Download WSDOT’s mobile app.

Follow @wsdot_Tacoma on Twitter

Call 5-1-1 for traffic updates.

July 18, 2014 WSDOT press release

I-5 ramp closures planned for paving in Tumwater

TUMWATER – Next week, crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a construction project to rehabilitate sections pavement on Interstate 5 through Thurston and Pierce County.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, July 20, and Monday July 21, crews will close the Tumwater Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5 in Tumwater. The on-ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. each following day.

Drivers will also encounter overnight single- and double-lane closures on northbound I-5 from Tumwater Blvd. at milepost 101.2 to Exit 102 at milepost 102.5. Single lane closures will take place Sunday, July 20, night starting at 8 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on other nights. The double lane closures will take place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday, July 20, through Friday, July 25.

The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled.

Advanced information of upcoming construction can be found by checking the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates report.

WSDOT press release July 18, 2014