Northwest NEWS

November 12, 2001


1-405 closure near Kingsgate

Each weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Nov. 29 Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the right lane of northbound Interstate 405 near Kingsgate north of Kirkland while they remove debris from a state holding site on the east side of the highway. These closures will not occur on Nov. 22 and 23 over Thanksgiving. Inclement weather may also cause the lane closures to continue behind Nov. 29.
   While the lane closures are in effect, motorists should be aware of construction truck traffic entering and leaving the freeway. To reduce negative impacts to traffic, the northbound high-occupancy-vehicle lane will be opened to all traffic between NE 132nd Street and NE 160th Street during those hours, however, motorists may still experience slight delays. The work is being done during the day rather than at night to reduce noise to nearby neighborhood residents.
   Maintenance crews expect to remove approximately 7,000 cubic yards of dirt collected over 30 years, the equivalent of about 270 dump truck loads. The dirt has been collected through routing sweeping operations, clearing catch basins, and cleaning ditches along state highways. Just over half the material will be taken to WSDOT's Hyak facility near Snoqulamie Pass, where it will be used as fill to regrade an area that will become a new site to stockpile sand used in winter road sanding operations. The remainder of the material will be taken to Kittitas County, where it will be used as a soil amendment along state highways.
   For updated information call the Commuter Information Line at (206) DOT-HIWY (206-368-4499).