Sidewalk project temporarily reduces parking at Elma Safety Rest Area

A sidewalk repair project at the Elma Safety Rest Area on State Route 8 will lead to temporary parking changes. From Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23, all vehicles will use the semi-truck parking area.

During the maintenance project, the men’s restroom will be closed and portable toilets will be available. The women’s restroom will remain open. The work is occurring in advance of the busy summer travel season.

The Washington State Department of Transportation operates numerous Safety Rest Areas across the state to give travelers a place to rest before continuing on their journey.

Drivers can learn of traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts and construction update webpages.

Hyperlinks within the news release:

  • WSDOT Safety Rest Areas

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/restareas

  • Washington State Travel Alerts

http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/

Daytime closures over US 101 Chehalis River Bridge in Aberdeen modified

Drivers will be pleased to hear that previously announced short-duration daytime closures scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 15-16 on US 101 across the Chehalis River Bridge have been modified. No maintenance closures will occur on Wednesday, April 15. On Thursday, April 16, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will close the exit to State Street and the right northbound lane of US 101 across the Chehalis River Bridge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These changes are in lieu of multiple daytime closures scheduled to occur each day through Thursday. Bridge crews were able to reduce the number of closures due to faster-than-projected progress on deep-cleaning the bridge’s areas that house moving mechanisms and gears that control openings for marine traffic.

Real-time traffic information is available on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s travel alerts web pages or by calling 5-1-1.

Repairs on State Route 4 near Naselle will lower speed limit

Work begins today on a portion of State Route 4 West of Naselle where a culvert failed and heavy rains of early January washed away the road 3.1 miles East of U.S. Route 101. The Washington State Department of Transportation reports a bypass road is in use around the damage, drivers will notice a reduced speed limit of 15 mph through the area.

A portion of State Route 4 was damaged when a culvert collapsed on Monday Jan. 5, due to heavy rains. Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation built a temporary bypass road.  This will allow traffic to return through the area, at a reduced speed, while permanent repairs to the highway and the culvert are being made.

Washington State Patrol investigates semi truck accident on U.S. Highway 12

The Washington State Patrol would like to talk to the driver of a 2007 International Tractor with a refrigerated trailer that was found off of U.S. Route 12 near Elma early Saturday morning. The accident report says the semi was Eastbound on 12 at milepost 16 near the Keys Road when it veered right, struck a cement bridge and railing, then a guardrail before coming to rest partially in the ditch some time overnight. The Washington State Department of Transportation said the road was partially blocked for about 2 hours.

The cause, and any charges stemming from the accident are under investigation.

Traffic delays on US 12 in Aberdeen expected Wednesday, Thursday

Drivers on US 12 in Aberdeen can expect daytime delays and lane closures next week.

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 27-28, crews will close the left lane of eastbound US 12 on the Heron Street Bridge while repair work is under way.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews will use a specialized Under-Bridge-Inspection-Truck (UBIT) to upgrade electrical equipment on the bridge.

The truck extends crew carriers over the side of the bridge to conduct the work.

Drivers may experience delays through the work zone, especially during the afternoon hours.

Alternating lane closures on State Route 8 near McCleary Friday

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are nearing completion of a project to repave the right lane of eastbound State Route 8 near McCleary.

As part of the final work, drivers can expect alternating left- and right-lane closures to stripe the roadway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

Crews have been working to create a smooth surface between mileposts 4 and 10.5, which extend from about two miles west of McCleary to four miles east at the Grays Harbor/Thurston County line.

Drivers are advised to prepare for delays and to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

Washington State DOT funds available for freight rail projects

The Washington State Department of Transportation is accepting applications to receive state funding for freight rail projects in Washington that create family-wage jobs and demonstrate the economic and environmental advantages of freight rail.

Railroads, port districts, rail districts, private companies and local governments are eligible to apply for part of nearly $8 million in project grants and loans available through two state programs – the Freight Rail Assistance Program and the Freight Rail Investment Bank.

Selected projects will improve freight mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help ease congestion on busy highways, reduce wear and tear on state roads and strengthen the state’s economy through domestic and international trade.

Applications and additional information are available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Freight/Rail/GrantandLoanPrograms. Applications are due August 29.

 

Washington State Department of Transportation’s call for projects for the Freight Rail Assistance Program and Freight Rail Investment Bank is now open. Applications are due by 5pm on August 29, 2014.

For additional information, answers to frequently asked question and application requirements, please see the 2015-2017 biennium project application packets below:

Freight Rail Assistance Program application packet (pdf 311 kb)
Freight Rail Investment Bank application packet (pdf 311 kb)

Additional questions about this call for projects can be directed to:
Chris Herman, Freight Rail Policy & Program Manager
360-705-6921

Expect delays on US 12 and US 101 in Aberdeen and Hoquiam this week

ABERDEEN – Drivers on US 12 and US 101 and should plan ahead for possible delays this week. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will repair pavement along several sections of both US 12 and US 101.

 

US 12 work locations:

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, WSDOT maintenance crews will close the right lane of eastbound US 12. Crews will consecutively work in the two locations listed below.

 

  • Between milepost .06 and 1.0, near the Aberdeen Bluff.
  • Between milepost 2.3 and 2.8, in Central Park.

 

US 101 work locations:
Aberdeen

From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, crews will close the right lane of southbound US 101 (Park St.) from 90.7 – 90.8 on the Aberdeen Couplet.

 

Hoquiam
From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, crews will close the right lane of southbound US 101 (Simpson Ave.) from 87.8 to 88.4 on the Aberdeen couplet.
New London
From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 19, flaggers will reduce US 101 to one alternating lane of traffic at the two locations listed below for pavement repairs.

 

  • From milepost 89.8 to 89.9 near Fairfield Acres Drive.
  • From milepost 93.7 to 94.2, from Dekay Road to the vicinity of New London Road.

Motorists are advised to expect slight delays and to add extra time to reach their destinations.

No major damage after ghost boat drifts into Riverside Bridge

The Washington State Department of Transportation said they saw no damage besides a broken light to the Riverside bridge in Hoquiam yesterday, after a 75 foot boat broke loose from its mooring and drifted into the bridge yesterday morning.

Sgt Mitchell with the Hoquiam Police Department said no one was on board when the high tide pulled it from its moorage and into the North side of the bridge.

Washingston State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger tweeted yesterday

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”>This lady broke free from her moorings today and got stuck against the Riverside bridge in Hoquiam. <a href=”http://t.co/a8b7kWf32R”>pic.twitter.com/a8b7kWf32R</a>

— Trooper Russ Winger (@wspd8pio) <a href=”https://twitter.com/wspd8pio/statuses/477108197388320769″>June 12, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Traffic delays expected as WSDOT inspects damaged Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam

The Washington State Department of Transportation is inspecting damage to the Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam, after a 75 foot boat drifted into the structure earlier this morning. Sgt Mitchell with the Hoquiam Police Department tells us the Coast Guard was also contacted, and it appears no one was on board at the time. The owner was contacted and has removed the boat. Mitchell said it was dry docked nearby when the high tide pulled it from its moorage and into the North side of the bridge some time this morning.

Boat strikes Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam
WSDOT crews will likely need to raise the bridge this morning to inspect for damage. Mitchell said there is visible damage to the bridge and the boat, however the extent is not yet known.