HYAK – Drivers can breathe a sigh of relief as crews will wrap up rock blasting operations by the end of the week. Crews will resume work in the spring of 2011. Temporary closures at 5:30 p.m. will remain in effect from Monday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 4 as crews perform controlled rock blasting activities to widen the interstate from four to six lanes as part of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East – Hyak to Keechelus Dam project.
Drivers should plan ahead for an hour of added travel time between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. due to the rock blasting activities and geotechnical inspection of the slopes.
This week’s schedule for temporary closures of I-90 is as follows:
· Monday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
· Thursday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
During rock blasting operations, crews will temporarily close both directions of I-90 between Hyak (milepost 54) and the Price Creek Sno Park (milepost 61). Additional lane restrictions continue this week on the I-90 Project, including:
· Crews will restrict eastbound and westbound I-90 to one lane nightly from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. from Monday, Nov. 1, through Friday morning, Nov. 5, from Hyak to the snowshed (milepost 58).
· Crews will use intermittent rolling slowdowns throughout the week and weekend during daylight hours both eastbound and westbound to allow construction equipment to enter and leave the project area.
Loads exceeding 12 feet wide are prohibited on both directions of I-90 from milepost 54 to milepost 58 nightly from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, through Friday morning, Nov. 5.
Drivers should also plan for daytime lane restrictions and some added travel time near Easton as crews construct detours on the Lake Easton to Big Creek Bridge project. Crews will restrict eastbound and westbound I-90 to one lane during daylight hours from Monday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 4 from the Golf Course Road interchange (milepost 78) to Easton Hill (milepost 69.5).
Since construction activities can change day to day, WSDOT urges motorists to:
· Visit the What’s Happening
on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on controlled rock blasting schedules and other construction impacts, travel graphs, and to sign up for e-mail updates