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North Central Region Weekly Travel Advisory

For August 10-17

REVISED 10/14

Contact: Jeff Adamson  Communications (509) 667-2815 (Wenatchee)  

Events:

    • US 97 at Omak was closed at 6 a.m. Aug. 13, for 16 days until 9 p.m. Aug. 28.  All highway traffic is detoured through town. Expect congestion and delays. (see below) 
    • The closure of westbound US 2 at the Hewitt Trestle at Everett has been rescheduled for Aug. 17-20.
    • Expect an around-the-clock single lane closure on eastbound I-90 at the town of Snoqualmie Aug. 12-17 while crews grind and repave the bridge deck east of SR 18.
    • We are replacing the bridge decks near Ellensburg which requires the westbound lanes of I-90 will close to traffic from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday night, Aug. 14 and Wednesday night, Aug. 15 at Exit 106. Drivers will be detoured around the closure via State Route 970 and US 97 and should plan for about 30 minutes of added travel time.

    • Monday through Friday, expect single lane closures in both directions on I-90 during the day for bridge work near Cle Elum at MP 86 and near Ellensburg at MP 102.

    • Chelan County Projects - Alerts & Restrictions 

    • City of Wenatchee Projects 

    • Coming in August & September: A bridge closure on SR 26 east of Othello requiring a 15 minute detour for those heading to and from WSU.
    • Coming in September: A week long closure of Blewett Pass Sept. 9-14 for replacement of culverts requiring alternate routes from I-90 to US 2.

Projects - by highway 

(ADDED Tuesday) US 2 Old Faithful to Stevens Pass Summit Pavement Repair
County: King Hwy.: US 2 Region: North Central
Location: MP 62-64
Description: Our crews are paving sections of the highway that are uneven and failing.
Work Schedule: Through Wednesday ONLY, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., expect lane closures and traffic shifts which keep a lane open in each direction at all times. Expect slow downs.
Contact: WSDOT Maintenance 509-885-4441

(ADDED Tuesday) US 2 Tumwater Canyon Sink Hole Repair
County: Chelan Hwy.: US 2 Region: North Central
Location: MP 95 Alps Candy Store
Description: Our crew will pave over a repaired sink hole.
Work Schedule: Thursday ONLY 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. expect short delays with single lane flagger controlled traffic.
Contact: WSDOT Maintenance 509.393.6030

(ADDED Tuesday) SR 24 Vernita Bridge to 10 mi. So. of Othello fire damaged guardrail repair 
Counties: Grant/Adams Hwy.: SR 24 Region: North Central
Location: MP 44 to 69
Description: Frank Gurney Co. crews are repairing fire damaged guardrail.
Work Schedule: Thursday & Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. expect short delays with single lane automated flagger controlled traffic.
Contact: WSDOT Maintenance 509.667.3067

(US 97) NCR 17-19 Weathering Guardrail Rehabilitation- Contract #9246
Counties: Chelan/Kittitas, Highway: US 97, Region: North Central
Location: MP 161.82 to MP 176.0 two miles south of the Blewett summit at Swauk campground to 3 miles north of the summit at Ruby Ck. Rd.
Description: In this $980K project, Coral Construction crews are replacing deteriorating guardrail in a 14 mile section over the summit of Blewett Pass. Work began June 18 and should be done by Labor Day.
Work Schedule: Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., expect two way traffic with minimal delays. Traffic control will consist of lane shifts in 3 lane sections, beginning at the summit of Blewett Pass, and extending 2.5 miles north towards Peshastin.
Contact: David Kieninger, Project Engineer (509) 667-2861

US 97 Bray's Landing Rd. Intersection Improvements - Contract #9261
County: Douglas Hwy.: US 97 Region: North Central
Location: MP 223.92 to MP 224.28 Between Orondo and Chelan
Description: In this project, Hurst Construction LLC is constructing a southbound left turn lane onto Bray's Landing Rd. by installing crushed surfacing base course, asphalt paving, striping, and other misc. work. Work started June 18 and should be complete by the end of July.
Work Schedule: No work this week.
Contact: Lisa Popoff, Assistant Project Engineer (509) 667-2882

(New) US 97 Riverside to Tonasket Chip Seal
County: Okanogan Hwy.: US 97 Region: North Central
Location: MP 303-315
Description: WSDOT crews are chip sealing wheel path pavement damage and will broom excess gravel the same day.
Work Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. expect up to 20 minute delays with flaggers and pilot car controlled traffic.
Contact: WSDOT Maintenance 509-486-2157

US 97 Okanogan River Bridge at Omak - Deck Repair #009279
Counties: Okanogan, Highway: US 97 Region: North Central
Location: MP 285.6 to MP 292.6 Jct. w/SR 20 north to Jct. w/SR 215
Description: This $670K Hamilton Construction Co project replaces the top surface of the deteriorating concrete deck of the bridge at US 97 MP 292 just south of Riverside Dr./Engh Rd.
Work begins August 1 and should be complete by Labor Day.
Work Schedule: Crews will begin construction work at 6 a.m. Aug. 13, and will continue 16 days to 9 p.m. Aug. 28, while US 97 will be closed from the jct. w/SR 155 at MP 291.2, and the jct. w/SR 215 (Riverside Dr./Engh Rd.) at MP 292.3. During the work, all Hwy. 97 traffic will be detoured through town: The 6 mile truck detour runs between the jct. w/SR 20 in Okanogan at MP 286.2 to the jct. w/SR 215 in Omak at MP 292.3. The much shorter auto detour route runs between the jct. w/SR 155 (Dayton St.) at MP 291.2 to the jct. w/SR 215 (Riverside Dr./Engh Rd.) at US 97 MP 292.3. 
Contact: David Kieninger, Project Engineer (509) 667-2861

(SR 17) Prior Farms Left Turn Lane Contract #9270
Counties: Grant, Highway: SR 17 Region: North Central
Location: MP 35.80 to MP 36.14 Between Othello and Moses Lake
Description: In this $400k project, Central Washington Asphalt is constructing a southbound left turn lane by installing crushed surfacing base course, asphalt paving, illumination, striping, and other work. Crews began July 16 and should be complete by the end of August.
Work schedule: No work this week.
Contact: Lisa Popoff, Assistant Project Engineer (509) 667-2882

(SR 153) Methow River Bridges Structural Rehabilitation Phase 2 Contract #9259
County: Okanogan, Highway: SR 153 Region: North Central
Location: MP 13.45 to MP 22.39 Between Methow & Carlton
Description: Combined Construction Inc. is performing bridge rehabilitation work on bridges 153/13, 153/15, 153/16, 153/17, and 153/20. Work began July 9 and should be complete by mid November.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. no traffic impacts expected this week for under-deck rehabilitation work on bridge columns.
Contact: Lisa Popoff, Assistant Project Engineer (509) 667-2882

SR 155 Nespelem to Omak Fiber Microtrench installation
County: Okanogan Hwy. SR 155 Region: North Central
Location: MP 49 to MP 60
Description: Microtrench conduit & cable installation from Nespelem to Disautel summit in the northbound lane and from Disautel to Omak in the southbound lane. Work resumed July 30 and should be complete in Oct.
Work Schedule: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. expect less than 20 minute delays with single lane flagger controlled traffic.
Contact: WSDOT Utilities 509.667.3062

SR 285 Wenatchee Area Paving and ADA Compliance- Contract #9260
County: Chelan, Highway: SR 285 Region: North Central
Location: MP 0.79 to MP 5.04 Wenatchee-Bridge St. north to US 2.
Description: In this $6M project, Central Washington Asphalt crews are planing and paving 4 miles of SR 285 as well as numerous adjacent city side streets. They will also be updating ADA curb ramps and signal systems as well as bridge deck work on the bridges over the Wenatchee River.  Work began June 24 and should be complete by late October.
Work Schedule: Sunday 8/13 through Thursday 8/16 nights 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., expect lane shifts with lane closures on Mission St. and N. Wenatchee Ave. and some side streets. Crews will be grinding the roadway on North Wenatchee Ave., east Maple, parts of Horse Lake road, Maiden Lane, Miller and Easy street. Other crews will be installing traffic signal junction boxes and electrical upgrades on Kittitas, 1st, 7th, 9th, Maple, Maiden Ln Streets. Still other crews will be replacing ADA ramps on sidewalks throughout the project. Expect pedestrian detours around those locations.
Friday night 8/17 9pm to 6am, crews will be working at 1st street on the signal system while the signal remains functional.
Contact: David Kieninger, Project Engineer (509) 667-2861

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