HYAK – Drivers traveling on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass should plan for an hour of added travel time tonight as crews temporarily close the highway for controlled rock blasting.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and contractor crews will close I-90 in both directions from Hyak (milepost 54) to the Price Creek Sno Park (milepost 61) tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rock blasting is also scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 26 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rock blasting is part of the $551 million I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East – Hyak to Keechelus Dam project to widen a five-mile stretch of the highway from four to six lanes and improve reliability and safety. This multi-year project is funded by the 2005 gas tax and is scheduled to be complete in 2016.
Drivers can use the following tools to better plan trips across the pass:
· 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 e-mail updates
· Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras.
· Check the weekly Construction Updates Web page and Traffic Web page for region-wide updates
· Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM
· Follow WSDOT on Twitter
· Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 5-1-1