May 18, 1998

Local News

State announces summer projects

  by Woodinville Weekly staff



   OLYMPIA--Last week, the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) announced their roadwork plans for the summer. Among the 158 projects taking place statewide this year are several in Northshore and the Lower Snoqualmie Valley.

   They include:
   * Widening of I-405 at State Route 522 which will require multiple night closures and right lane closures in mid-summer.
   * Building high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on north and southbound I-405 between SR 522 and 527. Four bridges will be widened and a new collector/distributor lane will be built parallel to I-405. Ramp meters will be installed as well as HOV bypasses on ramps. Ramps will be closed with detours in late summer.
   * Paving SR 522 between I-405 and the King-Snohomish County line. Lanes will be closed during off-peak and nighttime hours with construction occurring in spring.
   * Repaving SR 524 (Maltby Road) at SR 527 and York Road, with a new signal installed at the latter. Work has already begun.
   * Reconstruction on the intersection of SR 203 and N.E. 124th St. (Novelty Hill Road). Turn lanes will be added there. Construction will stretch from spring to late fall.
   For those hoping to get away from the westside, DOT will be working on the passes as well.
   * US 2 will undergo eight miles of resurfacing, widening and guardrail installation in the scenic area as well as two miles of the same near Index.
   Three miles of climbing lanes will be added near Deception Falls with westbound vehicles detoured onto a narrow, winding county road.
   * I-90 east of the summit will undergo rock work. Shoulders and guard rails will be replaced between Hyak and Ellensburg. Expect delays.
  
   DOT also advises motorists to give road crews "a brake" as they come across construction related delays. According to the DOT, 22 people were killed and 4,025 injured in traffic accidents involving road construction the past two years. Flaggers are the most vulnerable and account for 45 percent of all workers killed or injured in highway construction.
  
   Work tends to take place in summer because most construction activities such as paving, pouring concrete and painting are weather sensitive and must be done in dry, warm weather for best results, according to the DOT. A copy of the 1998 construction guide is available by calling (360) 705-7075 or 1-800-DOT-ALLY. Also, D OT can be found on-line at www.wsdot.wa.gov.