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New left-turn pockets at 168th Avenue NE

   Commuters will have noticed the construction at the intersection of Woodinville-Duvall Road and 168th Avenue NE, where the City of Woodinville is installing two left-turn pockets with protected left signals: eastbound to Leota and westbound to Bellevue Christian School. Construction should be completed before school opens, though Puget Power's relocation of some of its poles could cause delays. Commuters can expect slowdowns between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Road projects

   A center turn lane, sidewalks, and bike lanes will be added between 112th Avenue Northeast and Interstate 405, and between 100th Ave. NE and NE 145th St. with traffic signals at the intersections with 112th Ave. NE and NE 145th St. This $3.8 million project will begin in mid-August.
   Stossel Bridge on NE Carnation Farm Road at about 310th Ave. NE will receive a seismic retrofit and guardrails on the bridge approach will be upgraded. Construction on this $285,000 project will begin in mid-September.

Woodinville City staff pass parliamentarian course

   Woodinville City Clerk/Treasurer Jim Katica and Deputy City Clerk Sandra Steffler passed the National Association of Parliamentarians examination last month. Because of their familiarity with Robert's Rules of Order, they are able to advise and assist the City Council with their proceedings.

Area code 206 splits in 1997

   Due to a growing number of requests for telephone numbers in the Puget Sound region, the "206" area code will split into three regions with area codes "206," "253" and "425" in April of 1997. Local calling rates will not change within the three area codes. A public meeting on the plan will be held July 31 at 10 a.m. at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission headquarters in Olympia.