New DNR trails policy open house added for Oct. 8

Public meetings extended to reach southern Puget Sound recreationists OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is adding a public meeting to a series of six open houses to gather ideas and discuss the development of an agency-wide trail policy. The meetings are designed to achieve well-balanced feedback from different user groups across the state.

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Delays Next Week East Of Snoqualmie Pass Due To Lane And Rock Blasting Closures

HYAK – Drivers traveling over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass next week should plan for added travel time due to multiple lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 6 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Oct. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 9. 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).

Drivers should plan for added travel time due to lane closures in several locations between Gold Creek (milepost 56) and Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers will also experience delays of up to 20 minutes through the same location due to rolling slowdowns.

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WDFW Lifts Fire Restrictions On Most Lands East Of The Cascades

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington, where cooler temperatures and fall rains have reduced fire danger.

Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved recently by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas.

"A cool, damp start to autumn resulted in the lifting of fire restrictions in eastern Washington, but we still urge campers and others heading outdoors to be extremely cautious," Sprague said.

Sprague emphasized, however, that some localized restrictions will remain in place, including a campfire ban through Oct. 15 at all WDFW wildlife areas in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, and Kittitas counties.

Similarly, a campfire ban is in place at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant and Adams counties through Oct. 31. Maps and comprehensive information about WDFW’s wildlife areas can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/.

Any further updates will be posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/. For more information on fire danger in Washington, visit the DNR website at http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

WDFW News Release - 3 October, 2014

Crews Nearing Completion Of I-5 Paving In Thurston, Pierce Counties

If the weather cooperates, crews will stripe newly-paved segments of Interstate 5 in Thurston and Pierce counties over the next few weeks. Crews will also install a protective seal on bridge joints in various locations. Drivers who use I-5 in the following areas are encouraged to anticipate brief ramp and overnight multiple lane closures in both directions of I-5.

Work schedule:

Thurston County: Monday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 11:

At 7 p.m., drivers will encounter single lane closures followed by a second lane closure at 10 p.m. on northbound I-5 from Tumwater Boulevard to Trosper Road Southwest. In the southbound direction, motorists will see similar lane closures from the State Capitol/City Center area to Tumwater Boulevard. All lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. the following morning.

In addition to the above lane closures, the following ramps will be closed for short time periods for restriping activities: , Tumwater Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5, Northbound I-5 exit to Tumwater Boulevard, Trosper Road on-ramp to northbound I-5, Northbound US 101 on-ramp to northbound I-5, Southbound I-5 exit to State Capitol/City Center, Henderson Boulevard on-ramp to southbound I-5, Southbound I-5 exit to northbound US 101, Southbound I-5 exit 2nd Avenue, Southbound US 101 on-ramp to southbound I-5, Southbound I-5 exit to Trosper Road Southwest, Trosper Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 , Southbound I-5 exit to Tumwater Boulevard.

At no time will two consecutive off- or on-ramps be closed simultaneously.

Pierce County: Monday, Oct. 6 through Friday, Oct. 10:

At 7 p.m., drivers can expect single-lane closures, with a second lane closing at 10 p.m. on southbound I-5 from Lakewood to Mounts Road. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. the following morning.

In addition, drivers will encounter short-duration on-and off-ramp closures on southbound I-5 at the following locations: Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest, Thorne Lane , Berkeley Street Southwest, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Main Gate, Steilacoom-DuPont Road, Center Drive.

At no time will two consecutive on- and off-ramps be closed simultaneously. The work is part of the I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Boulevard to Gravelly Lake Drive – Paving project.