TOUTLE – Last week’s warm and sunny weather was a good reminder that winter is officially over. The Washington State Department of Transportation is giving drivers another reason to celebrate spring when the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway reopens Saturday, May 10. …read more
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Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will be performing their annual cable inspection of the Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam today. The inspections require traffic to be stopped intermittently throughout the day lasting about 15 minutes at a time. Crews will be monitoring traffic and adjusting their schedule to minimize impacts.
For the seventh consecutive year, Washington has been named the nation’s No. 1 “Bicycle-Friendly State” by the League of American Bicyclists.
Meanwhile, Washington state will officially celebrate Bike Month in May with a signed proclamation (pdf 182 kb) by Governor Jay Inslee describing the many benefits of bicycling.
“As a bike rider I get to see firsthand all that Washington has done to make bicycling part of a sustainable transportation system,” said Gov. Inslee. “Bicycling helps make healthy communities, healthy people and a rich quality of life. There’s always more to do, but being named the most bike friendly state shows we are moving on the right path.”
Strong partnerships among the state’s cities, counties, advocacy organizations, state agencies and transportation providers form the foundation of Washington’s success in improving conditions for bicycling and walking.
“Being an avid bicyclist, I’ve had an opportunity to explore Washington’s urban and rural roadways this past year,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. “We’ll continue to work with our local partners to identify and fund bicycle needs in their areas, especially on highways that also function as main streets in our communities.”
The Washington State Department of Transportation supports bicycling through its Bicycle and Pedestrian programs and provides transportation design guidance, grant programs and technical support.
“We’re pleased and proud that Washington has remained the number one bicycle-friendly state,” said Barb Chamberlain, Washington Bikes executive director. “The work that goes into growing bicycling statewide every year is important for everyday people bicycling to work, school or errands. It’s equally important for Washington’s reputation as an incredible place to experience the great outdoors through bike travel and tourism. What a great way to kick off Bike Month!”
The League of American Bicyclists annually ranks all 50 states on how “bikeable” they are. The League evaluates each state’s cycling success in several categories: legislation and enforcement; policies and programs; infrastructure and funding; education and encouragement; and evaluation and planning.
ABERDEEN – Another six State Route 520 bridge pontoons began floating out of the Aberdeen casting basin late Tuesday night, April 15, marking completion of the fourth of six cycles of pontoons being built in Grays Harbor.
“With the fourth cycle complete, we’ve reached another important milestone for a new SR 520 floating bridge,” said Julie Meredith, SR 520 program director for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “We’re now two-thirds of the way done with all pontoon construction. In the coming months, the public will start to see the new floating bridge take shape as we begin to align, join and anchor the pontoons together on Lake Washington.”
The fourth cycle of pontoon construction included four longitudinal pontoons and two supplemental stability pontoons. The 360-foot-long longitudinal pontoons will form the backbone of the new bridge, while the smaller, supplemental pontoons provide additional stability and flotation.
Crews lifted three 50-ton gate sections last night to clear the way for the pontoons to float into Grays Harbor. The first pontoon exited the casting basin around 10:30 p.m., with the final pontoon expected out around 3 a.m. today, April 16.
The new pontoons will be inspected at the Port of Grays Harbor and will then be temporarily moored. They’ll later be towed to Lake Washington for construction of the new SR 520 floating bridge. Full pontoon tracking details are postedonline.
The new floating bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic in April 2016. More information about the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr520bridge.
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:
- Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on construction projects, traffic impacts, travel graphs and to sign up for email updates.
- Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
- Check the weekly Construction Updates and Traffic pages for region-wide updates.
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.
- Follow us on Twitter @snoqualmiepass.
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511.
WHITE PASS – Work to stabilize a slope that washed out last fall, resumes on April 4, which could cause minor delays for drivers.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will reduce US 12 to a single lane with alternating traffic on US 12 near milepost 154, three miles east of White Pass. A temporary traffic signal will guide vehicles through a single-lane detour. Drivers will experience 10 to 15-minute delays during daylight hours.
This two-week project finishes up work to stabilize the slope that washed out in October 2013. Work is scheduled to be complete April 25.
ELMA – To prepare for the busy summer travel season, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the Elma Safety Rest Area on State Route 8 two miles east of Elma Wednesday, April 2 for maintenance.
Hours of the closure are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2.
The nearest safety rest areas to Elma are located on Interstate 5 near Grand Mound. The Scatter Creek Rest Area is on northbound I-5 just north of Grand Mound; the Maytown Rest Area is on southbound I-5 11 miles south of Olympia. Numerous other Safety Rest Areas are also available across the state to give travelers a place to rest before continuing on their journey.
Safety Rest Areas provide highway travelers safe and convenient facilities to rest themselves before continuing with their journey. The department owns and operates 48 Safety Rest Areas within our state. Twenty-eight of which are located on the Interstate System. With the exception of three of the smaller sites, our facilities are open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Find a location of a Safety Rest Area.