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 next week.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close a lane in each direction from 7 a.m. Monday, April 7 through 9 a.m. Friday, April 11 between Gold Creek (milepost 56) and the Price Creek vicinity (milepost 61). Drivers should plan for added travel time and use the following resources to help plan their trips over I-90:

WSDOT: Drivers should check conditions and slow down

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Repairs Underway on Simpson Avenue Bridge in Hoquiam

What about traffic impacts?

WSDOT is working with the city and community leaders to try to lessen the traffic impacts during the scheduled clam tides while keeping tourists aware that downtown Hoquiam businesses are open for business.

 

WSDOT is also working with local marine companies to see if vessel openings can be avoided during heavily traveled commute times.

 

Current bridge status

While the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge is closed, WSDOT is rerouting traffic over the nearby Riverside Bridge that has been reconfigured to accommodate a single lane of traffic in each direction.

 

WSDOT is limiting the hours that oversized and overweight vehicles may cross the Riverside Bridge to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily.  These restrictions are in the form of permits obtained through WSDOT’s Motor Carrier Services Office.  More information is available on the WSDOT’s motor carrier website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/CommercialVehicle/default.htm

 

Know before you go
Drivers can get ahead of congestion by calling 511 for real time traffic information. WSDOT also installed temporary traffic cameras on US 101 to help travelers plan ahead when traveling to the coast. North and southbound views of traffic conditions on US 101 are available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgePierRepair/Camera.htm.

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

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

 

The detour, uses the nearby Riverside Bridge, which is reconfigured to accommodate two-way traffic during the closure. This reduces the capacity of US 101 in Hoquiam by half so delays are expected this holiday weekend.

 

 Vehicles pulling travel trailers and motor homes are able to use the detour route.

For the latest traffic information, please visit our Website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic  or call 511. Traffic cameras on US 101 that help travelers plan ahead during the bridge closure are also available:

A fix is scheduled to be in place in November 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/.

US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge reopening pushed to November

What happened this week?

WSDOT mobilized barges, cranes and divers to seal up the affected pier so that contaminated sediment can be removed. Sediment removal from within the pier began today. Crews also installed two 80-foot shafts on the east bank of the river near 20th Avenue that will anchor steel cables to the structure.

Current bridge status

Currently the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The Riverside Bridge has been reconfigured to accommodate a single lane of traffic in each direction.

Bridge engineers are allowing one marine opening per day at high-slack tide. Openings are being carefully monitored and executed using only the west bascule. A calendar (updated through October) of the scheduled openings is available on the website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgePierRepair/MarineVesselOpenings.htm.

Oversize and overweight vehicles are only permitted to cross the Riverside Bridge between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Information is available on the WSDOT’s motor carrier website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/CommercialVehicle/default.htm.

Looking ahead to next week

Over the weekend and into next week crews will continue removing contaminated sediment from the pier and attach anchor plates to the new shafts and pier in preparation for cable tensioning. Cable tensioning is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 30.

What about businesses?
WSDOT staff and city officials met Thursday this week to check in and make revisions to the traffic control. Since the meeting, ‘local traffic only’ signs have been removed and more signs directing drivers to the downtown business area have been ordered – a number of other adjustments are in the works.

Local companies remain open throughout the closure. WSDOT is committed to helping the community retain business through outreach that announces the “best times to travel” instead of telling motorists to “avoid the area” and providing additional signing to alert drivers of the downtown Hoquiam area.

Know before you go
Traffic increases noticeably between May and October as tourists visit nearby ocean beaches via US 101. Drivers can get ahead of congestion by calling 511 for real time traffic. WSDOT also installed temporary traffic cameras on US 101 to help travelers plan ahead when traveling to the coast. North and southbound views are available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgePierRepair/Camera.htm.

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/.