HYAK – In two days, Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will have major width restrictions and will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for two weeks, including weekends. If drivers don’t alter their travel plans, they could experience delays of up to two hours, and officials suggest traveling in the morning or late evening, finding an alternate route or postponing trips.
From 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, until 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will reduce traffic along a 4-mile stretch of I-90 between milepost 56 and milepost 60 to a single lane in each direction. To accomodate heavy weekend travel, two lanes will reopen eastbound at 10 a.m. on Fridays and two lanes westbound will reopen at 11 a.m. on Sundays. During these closures crews will be busy preparing detours for the 2014 construction season and removing the 64-year-old snowshed near milepost 58.
“We can’t stress how important it is for drivers to know before they go,” said Don Whitehouse, WSDOT regional administrator. “Before heading out the door, drivers should plan ahead—or consider changing their travel plans altogether—in order to avoid major delays during the lane closures.”
Drivers can also access the following resources to help plan their trips: