HYAK – Drivers planning to travel over Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass won’t have to worry about getting stuck in a rock blasting closure tonight.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and contractor crews decided to postpone the blast scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. until next week.
“Tonight’s blast was going to be small and we didn’t want to inconvenience drivers by closing the pass,” said Bob Hooker, WSDOT assistant project engineer.
Although drivers won’t experience delays associated with a rock blasting closure, crews will be restricting the eastbound lanes on I-90 on:
· Thursday night, Aug. 18, from 8 p.m. through Friday morning, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m.
· Friday night, Aug. 19, from 10 p.m. until Saturday morning, Aug. 20, at 7 a.m.
Drivers will also experience westbound lane restrictions Thursday night, Aug. 18, through Saturday morning, Aug. 20, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. each day.
Crews will continue to conduct rolling slowdowns during the day to move construction equipment across the highway until Saturday, Aug. 20.
Rock blasting is part of the $551 million I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East – Hyak to Keechelus Dam project to widen a five-mile stretch of the highway from four to six lanes and improve reliability and safety. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2017.
· Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on construction projects, traffic impacts, and travel graphs and to sign up for e-mail updates.
· Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass and Travel Alerts websites for real-time travel information.