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North Central Region NewsBrief


November 17, 2017

In this issue:

o Events

o Maintenance

o Construction

o Region

o Planning


Ski Area Opens

The Stevens Pass Ski Area opened yesterday, November 16.

Feb. 2013 Stevens Summit
Remember Feb. 2013?

Operating hours are 9 a.m.-.4.p.m. Expect heavier traffic for the rest of the winter and follow the instructions on the electronic message signs.

WSU Thanksgiving/Apple Cup 2017

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is conducting special “multi-district” emphasis patrols from now through November 26 as students travel across the state for the Thanksgiving break and the Apple Cup in Seattle. Motorists traveling to and from WSU will see an increased WSP presence on State Routes 26 and 195 as well as on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

Our WSDOT maintenance crews put out the electronic message signs on SR 26 to keep travelling Cougars alert. Fatalities on both SR 26 and US 195 that prompted the effort to make these trips to Pullman safer. Three WSU students, one UI student and a WSU professor died in car crashes due to poor weather conditions over Thanksgiving and winter break last year. #BeSafeCougs

In our region, the signs on SR 26 are at MP 20 - about halfway between Vantage and Othello and MP 60 just before the rest area at the junction with US 395. The signs will be in place through Monday, November 27.Take a Break

Thanksgiving Travel Graphs for November 22-26

Thanksgiving traffic across the state can be expected to be moderate to heavy depending on the day and time you are traveling and the travel graphs assist with planning your holiday trip, but please check the WSDOT travelers web pages for the latest information before you leave.


The SR 150/ No-See-Um Road - Intersection Improvements project will be substantially complete, before Thanksgiving as planned. The NoSeeUm/Golf Course Rd. detour ended today.

The $5.3M project included construction of a roundabout, a shared use path, drainage and utility work. It started in April and should be finished Wednesay as the contractor finishes applying compost and seeding shoulders and medians.

Construction work on roads throughout North Central Washington is winding down. Check the North Central Region’s Weekly Construction Update and Travel Advisory for details. You may also want to check the status of work still underway on Snoqualmie Pass as you make your holiday travel plans.

If you are traveling to the west side this weekend, check WSDOT’s Facebook, YouTube postings, and our blog for stories, videos, and maps to help you make decisions about your route and timing.


Award Winning Work

The 63rd Annual Washington Asphalt Pavement Association’s Awards Banquet was held in Bellevue last week. Several projects from throughout North Central Washingtonn won Quality Paving awards:

East Wenatchee was chosen for the “Innovative and Special Use Award East” for the downtown parking lot on Valley Mall Parkway which was paved with pervious asphalt allowing water to pass through it, eliminating the need for drains and storm sewer lines.

Chelan and Douglas Port Districts were awarded the “Airports Award East” for the Pangborn Field Runway Expansion project.

In the Grant County improvement project connecting Adams Road and Frenchman Hills Road with SR 26 won the “County Award East”

The I-90 Paving project from Ellensburg to Kittitas went home with two awards for “1st Place Quality Award” and the “Smoothness Award Eastern Washington”. Project Engineer Kevin Waligorski accepted the awards for us.

Secretary Roger Millar and Kevin Waligorski 
Secretary Roger Millar and Kevin

At the Annual Project Engineering conference in Chelan earlier in November, our other Project Engineer Dan Lewis won the State Design Award for the Winthrop paving project. The project included unique ADA ramps to connect to Winthrop’s wooden board walks.

Dan Lewis
Congratulations to all.


Economic Vitality and Transportation

Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, invited community leaders in our region to help WSDOT craft an Economic Vitality Performance Framework that will drive future project development, design and delivery decisions, and inform legislative decision-making.

Some of our Region planning staff carpooled to the Tri Cities last week with staff from the Chelan Douglas Transportation Council and the City of Wenatchee to participate in a half-day workshop led by consultants from Smart Growth America.

The sessions provided participants an understanding how transportation affects the economy and the roles WSDOT and its partners play in supporting economic vitality as well as developing and prioritizing economic vitality objectives.

A follow up workshop early next year will focus on selecting performance measures to support the identified economic vitality objectives.

WSDOT is actively implementing a Practical Solutions approach to ensure the right projects are built in the right place at the right time using performance-based, data-driven decision-making and early community involvement to guide the development and delivery of transportation investments. Developing this Economic Vitality performance framework is the first step, eventually including all six WSDOT transportation policy goals.

Thanks to all of you from our four counties who attended.

Be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving,

Dan Sarles

Regional Administrator, WSDOT North Central Region

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