Blowing and drifting snow leading to several road closures

By Ryan Overton

Trying. That's the phrase we're utilizing to describe this month for Eastern Washington. We're on tempo to see Spokane's second-highest snowfall for February and it simply retains on coming: as of Wednesday, Feb. 27, we've five highways – State Routes 27, 261, 21, 241 and 221 – closed as a result of extreme winter climate adding blowing and drifting snow and lowered visibility.

And conditions will no longer be getting better. Winds have been gusting, extra snow is forecast and our crews are operating difficult to maintain up. All of our latest street closures are south of I-90 the place the land is flatter with rolling hills, and the wind is capable to journey freely and push snow around. We plow and clean a roadway merely to have snow drift once more in simply minutes. In one instance, 4 ft of snow drifted once more at the street inside an hour.

In town, winds appear calmer, snow is no longer drifting and folks would possibly assume it is no longe…

Spokane’s first ramp meters to be activated April 9

By Ryan Overton

Ramp meters are coming to Spokane.

Long used to modify site visitors circulate within the Seattle and Tacoma areas, the Spokane area’s first ramp meter will develop into operational on April 9th. The meter is designed to alleviate backups and collisions on US 195 on the onramp of eastbound I-90.

Currently, drivers traveling north on US 195 are capable to merge onto I-90 eastbound which creates backups on equally US 195 and eastbound I-90. The ramp meter will modify the circulate of site visitors coming into I-90 and lower congestion within the proper lane of eastbound I-90 as drivers attempt to merge from US 195.

How will it work?

So how will it work? Drivers will see the ramp meter cross stay at 6:30 a.m. on April 9th. Metering will hold by means of the morning height site visitors window, ending at about 9 a.m. During the afternoon commute, the ramp meter could be activated at 2:00 p.m. and hold by means of 6 p.m.

Drivers will see a signal flashing “Ramp Metered Ahead…

New pavement, sidewalks and culverts, oh my!

By Frances Fedoriska

Forget yellow bricks! This spring, tourists on Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542) in Whatcom County will comply with the freshly-paved street as contractor crews start running on NULL  tasks to rehabilitate nearly 20 miles of highway.

Resurfacing does not take a wizard

We did not should go to a wizard to make this work happen, we simply needed to turn to contractor crews! In May, staff from Doolittle Construction will start resurfacing SR 542 from Britton Road at the east a a part of Bellingham to Markel Road in Kendall. This 18-mile part is a a part of a increased multi-county venture conserving extra than 35 miles on 4 other highways.

Contractor crews will work at evening time for the primary few levels of the project. Then in July or August, they may lay down the brand new oily floor and beaten rock and use the warmth of our hot summer time days to assist it stick with the roadway.

No flying monkeys, but nonetheless a few delays

Flying monkeys and apple-throwi…

Ferries’ haiku contest inspires young poets

By Justin Fujioka

We didn’t anticipate a Twitter contest to grow to be an academic tool. But on San Juan Island, our haiku contest did simply that. And it’s getting excessive college scholars excited about poetry.

In early 2018, our ferries communications staff was in search of sensible methods to broaden awareness in their Twitter account. The decision? A fun, unfastened and attractive haiku contest to interact and hopefully growth followers. None folks imagined the concept could make its method into the classroom.

How it worked

We solicited haiku entries at the ferries’ Twitter account the primary week of March. We have been comfortable to get hold of 176 submissions, which have been narrowed to 35 semifinalists with the aid of way of a panel of employees. As we did in 2018, we despatched these to Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, who narrowed it to a few finalists. Followers of our ferries’ Twitter account then voted at the finalists to choose the winner.

The succ…

Construction activity springs into high gear on I-5 in Pierce County

By Cara Mitchell

Just as backyard work and residence improvement initiatives start to kick into excessive gear on your neighborhood, so too is street construction on Interstate 5 in Pierce County. We have three construction websites at the busy street among Lakewood and Tacoma which can be getting capable to attain a few large milestones which will have an effect on traffic. We desire you to recognise about those milestones in improve so that you'll be able to plan forward on your day by day commute to work, school, or to anyplace your honey-do record takes you.

Girders are going up on new Berkeley Street overpass in Lakewood/JBLM

In April, contractor Guy F. Atkinson Construction will near lanes on northbound and southbound I-5 throughout overnight hours to set 44 girders on a new Berkeley Street overpass as facet of the I-5 – Steilacoom-DuPont Road to Thorne Lane Corridor Improvements project.

During those closures, northbound and southbound I-5 may be lowered to a single lane in…

A tricky balancing act: Roadside litter and highway maintenance needs

We need everyone’s help in keeping our roadways clean – by securing loads, sharing the news or adopting a highway for cleanupBy Tina Werner

As the times develop into longer, spring is slowly birth to present its telltale indicators throughout the Pacific Northwest. And whereas we would possibly be biased, it’s clear that Washington, with majestic mountains, speeding rivers, metropolis lights and Pacific Ocean beaches, is one in all the nation’s most beautiful states.

Unfortunately, inspite of such excellent landscapes, folks nonetheless opt for to throw their leftover food or deserted mattresses at the part of our highways. Many of you've expressed issues in regards to the litter you're seeing alongside our highways, rather round this time of year. It saddens us as well, and we agree that litter extensively diminishes the herbal magnificence of our Evergreen State.

We spend extra than $4 million yearly to assist blank our roadways but, sadly, inspite of such a big expenditure…

New options for SR 9/SR 204 intersection coming as spring approaches

By Samantha DeMars-Hanson 

Who else is fed up with all this snow? While we’re nonetheless seeing flakes fall in a few areas, the fresh sunshine and blue skies makes us keen for spring and the renewed feel of possibility that comes with colourful flowers and less layers. For the Lake Stevens community, spring brings new opportunities to supply enter on a brand new SR 9/SR 204 intersection design. You would possibly be thinking: didn’t we already finalize the intersection design? And the reply is, convinced – but we had a few price range challenges to address.

Sowing seeds
In summer time 2017, the SR 9/SR 204 Intersection Improvements undertaking Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Lake Stevens network reached consensus on a grade-separated intersection design. This layout required digging 30 ft into the flooring to permit unfastened circulation of SR 9 traffic, with out stoplights, beneath SR 204.

Building on network consensus, the undertaking workforce moved into the layout a component…