Single lane closures to cause delays on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass

In preparation for major width and lane restrictions starting April 12, contractor crews will reduce Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction 24 hours a day

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WSDOT: Drivers should check conditions and slow down

WSDOT crews are working to keep traffic moving across Washington. Forecasts call for a blast of moisture into Western Washington mixing with the temperatures hovering near freezing overnight and into Tuesday. Drivers need to be prepared for ice across the state, especially those travelling on shaded roadways, bridges and overpasses. See more on the WSDOT blog.

 

Protect yourself and your passengers. Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.

 

  • Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, offramps, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If you find yourself behind a WSDOT truck, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that truck provides the driver  a limited field of vision.

 

Repairs Underway on Simpson Avenue Bridge in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. - Friday, WSDOT and its contractor, Quigg Bros.Inc., began drilling shafts to repair the bridge pier. Ten shafts, which are 160-foot-long steel casings, 36” in diameter will be drilled into the river bottom between now and mid-December. The work is subject to adverse weather conditions such as wind or strong tides, which may affect marine operations.

 

Next Steps

Crews will cast concrete caps on the tops of the completed shafts to serve as jacking platforms. The shafts will be used to pick up the load of the pier from the existing piles to support the bridge. These ten shafts will provide the capacity needed to safely open the bridge to traffic. A subsequent  contract will be administered to complete the remaining repairs to the pier.

 

When will the bridge reopen?

WSDOT is still on track to open in January and for at least the next few weeks, crews will work 12-hour shifts, twice a day, six days a week.

WSDOT Gives Best and Worst Travel Times for US 101 in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. - According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), drivers heading to ocean beaches this weekend will fare better if they travel at off-peak times through Grays Harbor due to the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge closure in Hoquiam.

 

WSDOT encourages drivers to travel at lower-volume times to minimize delays. The best times to travel westbound on US 101 is before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. on Friday, and eastbound on US 101 before noon or after 5 p.m. on Monday.

 

Motorists traveling west on US 101 Friday between 3 and 7 p.m. or east on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. could experience delays up to an hour or more.

US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge reopening pushed to November

HOQUIAM, Wash. - Plans to reopen the Simpson Avenue Bridge in September changed this week following further testing of soils that house the piers. WSDOT announced Monday that plans to temporarily fix the pier and open the bridge to traffic have changed because of the agency's concern for the structure's stability. WSDOT is moving forward with a cabling project to stabilize the bridge but will not have a permanent repair done that enables vehicular traffic until November.

Plan for extra travel time this weekend on US 101 in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. - Drivers heading to ocean beaches this weekend should pack sun block and extra patience due to the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge closure in Hoquiam.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) encourages drivers to travel at off-peak times to minimize delays. The best times to travel westbound on US 101 is before 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. on Friday, and eastbound on US 101 before noon or after 5 p.m. on Sunday.

WSDOT installed temporary traffic cameras on US 101 to help travelers plan ahead during the bridge closure:

The Riverside Bridge is reconfigured to accommodate two-way traffic during the closure. This reduces the capacity of US 101 in Hoquiam by half so delays can be expected. Vehicles pulling travel trailers and motor homes are able to use the detour route.

WSDOT closed the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge on August 5, until further notice after severe degradation of piles in the easterly pier was discovered. Engineers determined the closure necessary for preservation of the bridge’s safety and structural integrity.

A temporary fix is scheduled to be in place by mid-September that will reopen the bridge to traffic. Those repairs are expected to cost $2 million, and a permanent repair could cost between $10 million and $20 million.

For more information visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgePierRepair/.