North Central region construction and travel advisory

WSDOT North Central Region Weekly Construction Update & Travel Advisory for June 23 - June 28

Updated: Friday, June 14


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

Take Note:

  • US 97 Blewett Pass- Beginning Tuesday work on the Boundary Bridge project near Swauk Creek will shift both lanes of traffic to a bypass lane and reduce the speed to 50 mph through the work zone.  The speed reduction will remain in place during non-working hours.  There will also be delays with a paving project between junction of SR 970 and Blewett Pass summit.

Active projects:

US 2/97 at 35th Street NW – NW Empire Avenue to Cascade Avenue Project (Douglas County) 
County: Douglas   Highway: US 2/97  Region: North Central
Location: US 2/97 at Cascade Avenue  
Description:  This project will extend 35th Street across Cascade Avenue to the west to connect with Empire Avenue in Douglas County.
Work schedule: Cascade Street at the intersection with US 2/97 is closed while the contractor works on this project.  There is a signed detour.
Contact: Pipkin Construction 509-884-2400

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: Sunday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., expect lane shifts and alternating one-way traffic with delays up to 20 minutes within the city limits of Ephrata for milling and paving activities.
Contact: Project Engineer Jeff Deal 509-667-2886

SR 28/13th Avenue Roundabout (City of Quincy) 
County: Grant   Highway: SR 28  Region: North Central
Location: SR 28 MP 28 (intersection with 13th Avenue)  
Description:  The City of Quincy has contracted Tommer Construction to build a roundabout at the intersection of SR 28 and 13th Avenue.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., expect lane shifts and intermittent flagger-controlled traffic with minor delays at the work site.
Contact: Ariel Belino City Engineer 509-787-3523

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 is schedule to be complete the end of June.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., right lane closures and reduced speed zone of 55 mph through work zone.  Speed limit returns to 70 mph during non-working hours, including weekends.
Contact: North Central Region Bridge Crew 509-667-3072

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 project.  The project will preserve roadway integrity by planing and paving between the junction with SR 970 to Tronson Creek near the summit of Blewett Pass.  The project is schedule to complete late August.
Work schedule: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., one lane, flagger controlled traffic with delays up to 20 minutes in the work zone where the crew will be planing the travel lanes in preparation for paving. 
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 is constructing a concrete bridge to replace an old culvert that is 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 and is scheduled to be complete in late October.
Work schedule:  Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., expect intermittent flagger controlled traffic with delays up to 20 minutes near Swauk Campground.  Beginning Tuesday, traffic in both directions will be shifted to the detour lanes that have been constructed and the speed limit will be reduced to 50 mph through the work zone.  The reduced speed will remain in place during non-working hours.
Contact: Project Engineer, Brian Pearson 509-667-2880

US 97A Pedestrian Activated Warning System and Improvements #9427
County: Chelan  Highway: US 97A  Region: North Central
Location: MP 233 to 234 (City of Chelan)
Description: In this project, Neppel Electrical Controls has been selected as the contractor to install pedestrian activated warning systems on US 97A at Chelan Elementary School and Chelan High School in the city of Chelan.  Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of June.
Work schedule: Monday though Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. there will be shoulder closures and single lane, flagger controlled traffic with minor delays at the intersection of US 97A and Webster Avenue where the contractor is installing the warning system’s electric components and concrete sidewalk ramps.
Contact: Project Engineer Kevin Waligorski 509-667-2861

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 scheduled to be complete the end of September.
Work Schedule: Monday through Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. there will be flagger controlled, single lane traffic with delays over Bridge #10 (southern most bridge near Methow).  Work is primarily under and around the bridge, so delays will be minimal and primarily when the crew is moving and staging equipment at the work site.
Contact: Project Engineer Jeff Deal 509-667-2886

SR 155 Grand Coulee Bridge Illumination Upgrade #9387
County: Douglas  Highway: SR 155 Region: North Central 
Location: MP 28 (Coulee Dam)
Description: In this $242,086 project, Colvico, Inc. will upgrade the current illumination system for the Grand Coulee Bridge with LED lights.  There are no full closures scheduled for this work.  Work is scheduled to take about a month.
Work Schedule: Monday through Thursday, between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. watch for the contractor crew working around the bridge and on the shoulders but otherwise no traffic impacts this week.  
Contact: Project Engineer Kevin Waligorski 509-667-2861

SR 155 NCR Seal 2019 #9365
County: Okanogan  Highway: SR 155  Region: North Central
Location:  MP 29-79 (Coulee Dam to Omak)
Description: In this $8.5M project, Granite Construction is resurfacing SR 155 from Coulee Dam to Omak,  Work includes crack sealing, shoulder work, pavement repair, asphalt paving, and chip sealing to preserve the roadway. Work started April 22 and is expected to be complete in August.
Work Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. expect delays up to 20 min. at a single work zone and pilot car controlled traffic where the contractor is chip sealing.  At night there will be rolling slow downs for sweeping operations.  Please do not pass nighttime sweeping work.
Contact: Project Engineer, Brian Pearson 509-667-2880

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 expected to be complete in August.
Work Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. expect delays up to 20 min. with flaggers and pilot car controlled traffic where crews are asphalt paving and fog sealing.
Contact: Project Engineer, Brian Pearson 509-667-2880

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