North Central region construction and travel advisory

WSDOT North Central Region Weekly Construction Update & Travel Advisory for Aug. 19- Aug. 23

Updated: Friday, August 16


Lauren Loebsack – Communications (509) 667-2815 (Wenatchee)

Take Note: 

  • The 2019 Courage Class bicycle event is Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25, with an increase in bike traffic on US 97 and throughout the region.  It will also require traffic control on Blewett Pass at the US 97 Boundary Bridge #9323 project near Swauk camp ground on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Due to the narrow lane widths and lack of shoulder on the bypass lane, a WSDOT team will be onsite to assist groups of bicyclists through the work zone buffered by a WSDOT Incident Response vehicle.  Travelers through the area can expect rolling slowdowns and some delays during that event.
  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 26, a contractor for WSDOT will begin electrical work on the flashing beacons at intersections of US 2/97 between Monitor and Dryden.  During the work, the “Prepare to Stop When Flashing” signs with flashing beacons that correspond with the change of intersection signal lights from green to red, will be covered.  A temporary sign without any lights will inform travelers to “Be Prepared to Stop” while the contractor performs necessary repairs to ensure these flashing lights continue to work properly.  Work begins at the intersection of US 2/97 Dryden Ave./Johnson Rd. in Dryden and Hay Canyon/Goodwin Rd. at Cashmere.  Please use caution traveling through these intersection while these beacons are repaired.

Active projects:

US 2 Stevens Pass Avalanche Deflection Berm #9399
County: King  Highway: US 2 Region: North Central
Location: MP 60.4 – 60.5 (west of Stevens Pass summit)  
Description:  Stider Construction is the contractor for this $750,000 project to construct an avalanche deflection berm in the Tunnel Creek drainage area of King County to direct avalanches away from US 2.  Project began August 12 and scheduled to be complete the end of September.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, expect intermittent delays up to 30 minutes at Stevens Pass summit and Old Cascade Highway when the contractor is blasting.  These delays will typically occur midday day to late afternoon. 
Contact: Project Engineer Kevin Waligorski 509-667-2861

SR 28 Ephrata  to Soap Lake Paving and ADA Compliance #9367
County: Grant  Highway: SR 28  Region: North Central
Location: MP 44.5-53.0  (Ephrata to Soap Lake)
Description: In this $3.6 million project, Columbia Asphalt and Ready Mix crews are lowering utilities and updating deficient sidewalk curb ramps to meet ADA standards.  Project began March 25 and should be complete in August. 
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., expect delays up to 20 minutes with lane shifts and alternating 1-way traffic through Ephrata and between the north end of Ephrata and Soap Lake where the contractor is installing signage, guideposts and pavement markings.
Contact: Project Engineer Jeff Deal 509-667-2886

I-90 Bridge Slab Edge Repair (Moses Lake)
County: Grant  Highway: I-90  Region: North Central
Location: MP 175.5-176.1 (east of Blue Heron Park, Moses Lake)
Description: Maintenance work to repair concrete on bridge slab edges with patching material.  Work will require lane closures and reduced speed zone during working hours with bridge crew on and around the bridge.  
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there will be left lane closures and a reduced speed of 55 mph through the work zone.  Speed limit returns to 70 mph during non-working hours, including weekends.
Contact: North Central Region Communications 509-667-2815 

US 97 Chip Seal (Okanogan to Riverside)
County: Okanogan   Highway: US 97 Region: North Central
Location: MP 286 to 302 (south of junction with SR 20 to north of Riverside)
Description:  Maintenance crew will be chip sealing the highway from just south of the junction with SR 20 to approximately 3 miles north of Riverside.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., expect flaggers and pilot car controlled traffic with delays where the crew is chip sealing the highway.
Contact: North Central Region Communications 509-667-2815

US 97 South of Blewett Pass Paving #9339
County: Kittitas  Highway: US 97  Region: North Central
Location: MP 149 - 165 (Junction with SR 970 to Tronson Creek near summit of Blewett Pass)
Description: Central Washington Asphalt is the contractor for this $5.0 million project.  The project will preserve roadway integrity by planning and paving between the junction with SR 970 to Tronson Creek near the summit of Blewett Pass.  The project is scheduled to complete late August.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., expect one lane, flagger controlled traffic with delays up to 20 minutes in the work zone where the contractor is installing recessed pavement markers, rumble strips and guideposts.
Contact: Project Engineer Kevin Waligorski 509-667-2861

US 97 Boundary Bridge #9323
County: Kittitas  Highway: US 97  Region: North Central
Location: MP 159-160 (near Swauk Campground)
Description: In this $4.5M project, WHH Nisqually Construction Services will construct a concrete bridge to replace an old culvert that created a fish passage barrier. Work will include a detour widening to shift traffic while the bridge is constructed half at a time.  Two-way traffic will be maintained outside working hours throughout the life of the project, except some instances of work that may require overnight flagging. No full closures of US 97 are planned for this project.  Work started April 15, 2019.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., expect delays up to 20 minutes.  Traffic in both directions has been shifted to detour lanes requiring a 12 ft. width restriction and a reduced speed of 50 mph through the work zone.  These restrictions will remain in place during non-working hours through the duration of the project.  Bypass lanes have narrow shoulders. The detour is expected to remain in place into October.
Contact: Project Engineer Brian Pearson 509-667-2880

SR 153 Methow River Bridge Structural Rehabilitation, Phase 3 #9388
County: Okanogan  Highway: SR 153 Region: North Central 
Location: MP 11.83-22.36 (Methow to Carlton)
Description: The third phase of rehabilitation work on the three Methow River bridges between Methow and Carlton.  This work will include column jacketing and retrofitting to rehabilitate these bridges.  Work begins June 17 and is scheduled to be complete the end of September.  Traffic control will include alternating, single lane travel on each bridge consecutively.  The project is schedule to be complete the end of September.
Work Schedule: Beginning July 17 through September, there will be intermittent flagger controlled traffic at all three bridges Monday through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Work is primarily under and around the bridge, so delays will be short, primarily when the crew is moving and staging equipment.
Contact: Project Engineer Jeff Deal 509-667-2886

SR 155 Grand Coulee Bridge Pavement Markings
County: Douglas  Highway: SR 155 Region: North Central 
Location: MP 28 (Coulee Dam)
Description: The contractor, Stripe Rite, will be installing recessed dotted extension lines on the west side of the bridge.
Work Schedule: Monday only from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., expect flagger controlled traffic with delays where the contractor is installing pavement markings.  
Contact: North Central Region Communications 509-667-2815

SR 243 NCR Seal 2019 #9365
County: Grant  Highway: SR 243  Region: North Central
Location: MP 0-28 Vernita to Vantage
Description:  In this $8.5M project, Granite Construction is resurfacing SR 243 from the junction with 24 to the junction with SR 26,  Work includes crack sealing, shoulder work, pavement repair, asphalt paving, and chip sealing to preserve the roadway. Work started April 22 and is scheduled to be complete in August.
Work Schedule: Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., expect delays up to 20 min. in a single work zone and pilot car controlled traffic where the contractor is applying pavement markings and doing clean up work.
Contact: Project Engineer Brian Pearson 509-667-2880

 

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