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North Central Region NewsBrief

March 24, 2017

In this issue:

o On the Road

o Follow-up File

o Behind the Curtain

o Olympia

On the Road

Construction Season

The Region Chip Seal project has been delayed another week. It’s still too wet and cold. Work is now scheduled to begin on SR 173 in Brewster on April 3.

The only active construction project installing two electronic message signs on the eastbound shoulder on Hwy. 2 on the north end of Wenatchee is progressing into its third week.

Other work is underway that is not so weather sensitive: Monday and Tuesday expect flaggers on SR 971 in Navarre Coulee where the PUD is upgrading power poles, and next Saturday and Sunday April 1 & 2, WSDOT’s bridge inspectors will be shrinking traffic down to one lane on the northbound Wenatchee River Bridge. Expect backups to Wal-Mart if traffic is heavy.

The SR 28 Quincy Valley Rest Area will be closed all week for a sewage system overhaul and the I-90 eastbound Winchester Rest Area is open, but no drinking water yet.

Follow-up File

North Cascades Update

April 10 is the date planned for beginning the spring clearing of SR 20. 
The March 16 assessment revealed a great deal of snow on the road and many avalanche chutes still full, despite the record depth of snow on the pavement below them. At Cutthroat Ridge snow slides were 25 feet deep and under Liberty Bell Mountain, 35 to 45 feet. It could take eight weeks to reopen which would put it at Memorial Day or later.

Upcoming projects

New sidewalks and pavement are coming to Winthrop soon. 
The ADA pedestrian ramps construction is scheduled to start April 24 and the paving will begin right after 49er’ Days in May and should be done by mid June.

Two open houses to discuss upcoming projects in the area are coming for Chelan and Manson Tuesday and Wednesday:

Mar. 28: Chelan City Council Chambers, 135 E. Johnson Ave., Hours: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Mar. 29: Manson Parks and Recreation meeting room, 142 Pedoi St., Hours: 4 to 6 p.m.

The two projects on the north shore start next month. One updates and resurfaces SR 150 from Manson through Chelan. It starts the 10th and should be done by July. The other is the No-See-Um Road Roundabout
WSDOT engineers will also be prepared to talk about stabilizing the slope above the site of the March 8 rockslide on the south shore. The project is being designed now and should be under construction in the next few months.

Behind the Curtain

Out and About

The Chelan Rotary invited us to lunch March 21 discuss 2017 construction projects in the area. Assistant Region Administrator for Engineering Dave Bierschbach and Project Engineer Kevin Waligorski focused on the No-See-Um intersection project, the SR 150 Chelan to Manson Paving project, and the SR 971 Rock Slope emergency stabilization project. There was also discussion about the future need for roadway and bridge preservation work. We were pleased that the members were actively involved asking questions on timing, schedules, budget, and traffic impacts. They thanked us for attending and presenting.

Chelan Rotary
We would be happy to visit with your group; just call.


Got a Bridge?

WSDOT Local Programs office is announcing a call for projects for the Federal Local Bridge Program. All public agencies who own a bridge that meets the funding criteria are eligible to apply. Applications are due next Monday April 3. Final selections will be made this fall.

Rural Bridge
WSDOT has approximately $60 million of FHWA funding for replacement, rehabilitation and preventative maintenance such as steel bridge painting, scour mitigation, seismic retrofit and deck repair.

For more information and the application form:

Be safe,

Dan Sarles

Regional Administrator, WSDOT North Central Region

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