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North Central Region NewsBrief

May 26, 2017

In this issue:

o On the Road

o Follow-up File

o Behind the Curtain

o Olympia

o Survey

On the Road

What are You Doing this Weekend?

An OVERSIZE Load, Again

Front Front
Last week’s NewsBrief gave you advance notice concerning an unusual oversize load that was going to impact traffic on Highway 155 between Coulee City and Grand Coulee Dam. A huge BPA electrical transformer is being transported 27 miles to the Grand Coulee substation using SR 155 and SR 174. 
trailer Middle
It had been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights, but was cancelled Monday due various issues. The load is now scheduled next Tuesday and Wednesday nights, May 30-31. 
rear Rear
The WSP will escort the vehicle from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Delays could reach 90 minutes. There are five bridges on the route, which require attaching additional wheels and axles and a reduced speed well below its highway speed of 25 mph. During the day, Wednesday, it will be parked off the road before completing the last 7 miles on SR 155 and 174 to the substation that night.

Orange Cones

SR 20 over Loup Loup summit remains closed. Work is progressing well.

No construction work and no traffic restrictions today, Friday, through Memorial Day.

Check our Region’s Weekly Construction Update and Travel Advisory for details on projects underway after the holiday.

Check Other Region’s projects:

Follow-up File

Construction Season

The 2017 construction season got off to a late start; work we expected to start in March didn’t get underway until April.

Here’s where we stand as all our projects are shut down through Memorial Day:

In the Chelan area, the SR 971, South Lakeshore Drive unstable slope emergency project was completed on Thursday. 
SR 150 Night Work SR 150 Night Paving
Across the Lake Chelan on SR 150, the paving part of the project was finished this morning. The project is on schedule to be complete by the end of June. Post paving work remains including raising utility covers, survey monuments, and striping. 
Roundabout NoSeeUm
The No-See-Um roundabout still has water and sewer work on both sides of the SR 150 work zone requiring flaggers and delays. While the detours inside the project boundaries will continue through the summer, the single lane traffic control on either end should end in the next two weeks.
Hot Mix Asphalt Asphalt Patching
The 2017 NCR Pavement Rehabilitation and Seal is progressing on time. Here is what is complete and what is still to do:

· US 2: Tumwater Canyon-pavement repair then chip sealing starts in mid June and should be done in a month.

· SR 17: Ephrata to Coulee City- crack sealing- done.

· SR 17: Coulee City to Bridgeport- crack sealing- set to begin.

· SR 28: Rock Island to Crescent Bar-crack sealing- done. Repairs, asphalt patching, building a two mile long passing lane at Spanish Orchards and chip sealing should be done by mid July.

· I-90: George to Moses Lake- crack sealing only-done by August.

· I-90: E. of SR 17 Jct. to Warden Exit- crack sealing only-done by August.

· SR 153: So. of Methow to SR 20 Jct.-crack sealing only-done by August

· SR 173: Bridgeport to Brewster-Repairs, asphalt patches-done. Chip seal done by late June.

· SR 281: George to Quincy-Repairs, asphalt patches in early June, chip seal, late June.

· SR 283: George to SR 28 at Naylor Jct.-Pavement rebuild (called cushion course) done next Friday. Chip sealing coming in late June.Crack Sealing Crack Sealing
The entire project should be complete by August.

ADA ramp ADA Ramp
The project to put in concrete sidewalk ramps and repave SR 20 through downtown Winthrop is scheduled to start paving Tuesday and is planned to be complete in the next two weeks.

There are several more projects coming in about a month. We will open bids for two high visibility contracts on June 14. 
Bridge #15 Bridge #15
The SR 28/5th St. Roundabout in East Wenatchee and the SR 153 Methow River Bridges Rehabilitation projects should get underway in July if all goes well.

Behind the Curtain

click it or ticket logo

Law enforcement throughout the state started extra seat belt patrols Monday, May 22 and will continue through June 4. The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign runs concurrent with Memorial Day.

"It's more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children," said Cesi Velez, project manager of Washington's Child Passenger Safety Program.

This year the Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are putting special emphasis on seatbelt and proper child restraint use.

From 2011 to 2015, 48 percent of child fatalities were caused by vehicle collisions.

Washington’s child passenger safety law says vehicle occupants of any age must be “properly” restrained:

• Under age 8 or 4’9” tall - must ride in a car safety seat.

• Age 8 or taller than 4’9” - must use a seat belt or child safety seat.

• Under age 13 - must ride in a back seat if there is one.


How Much are You Paying?

Consumers will soon know exactly how much fuel tax they are paying when pulling up to the pump. The state transportation budget signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee last week includes an amendment proposed by East Wenatchee Rep. Cary Condotta. It requires a fuel pump sticker displaying current federal and state fuel tax rates.

Survey Results

What You Like & What You Don’t

Stretching the survey to two weeks of what you like, don’t like and would change generated four times the response and provides some challenges.

What do you like? #1 was “On the Road” which includes “Orange Cones” and “Follow up File” selected by more than half the respondents. #2 was “Liked all sections” and #3 was “Behind the Curtain”.

What don’t you like? There was only one answer-“Olympia”.

Suggested changes? The responses were split 50-50 between “Don’t change anything” and “More Pictures.”

The issue becomes defining what “Brief” is. Your time is valuable and since we want you to read the NewsBrief, the articles are edited to be high clip. We will keep the desire for more pictures in mind.

Thank you all for your help.

Be safe,

Dan Sarles

Regional Administrator, WSDOT North Central Region

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