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August 18, 2017

In this issue:

o On the Road

o Follow-up File

o Behind the Curtain

o Olympia

On the Road

Events

· Grant County Fair Aug 19

Ends Saturday. Moses Lake

· Zak Brown Band Aug 20

Through Sunday. The Gorge

 WSU classes begin (EWU, too) Aug 21

Monday

Orange Cones

SR 20 Loup Loup Closure

SR 20 work over the Loup-Loup summit is substantially complete 19 weeks (one week short of five months) after mudslides, flooding and washouts closed it April 10th, damaging 9 sites in a 15 mile zone. Thank you for your patience and understanding. It was a huge effort and only seeding and planting to restore the disturbed topsoil is still to come later this fall.

Construction

The Roundabout in East Wenatchee at SR 28 and 5th St. NE construction began August 7th and should be complete by mid-September.

Tuesday Tuesday
The first of two weeks of closure of 5th St. NE between the Mall and the bridge worked well as did the temporary 20 mph path through the work zone for northbound traffic on SR 28.

Wednesday Wednesday
Most construction activity is off the road and the contractor is working nights and weekends to finish faster. That too appears to be working well– no noise complaints.

Expect the coming week to work like this week. There will only be a day or two of more significant traffic control just before the roundabout is finished when the various legs are connected.
Check this
Roundabout page for how they work.

Chip seal update

The chip sealing is completed. There will be no work for the next 3 weeks while the new surface cures. Expect a few more days of work then applying new plastic pavement markings.

Check our Region’s Weekly Construction Update and Travel Advisory for details on all the projects underway.

Work Underway on Snoqualmie Pass:

Here is a link to the WSDOT Blog and Map for Mountain Pass travelers with the projects underway on SR 20, US 2 (Stevens), I-90 (Snoqualmie), SR 410 (Chinook) and US 12 (White Pass)

Follow Up File

Monday’s Great American Solar Eclipse

The moon will start moving in front of the sun at about 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, with the total “journey” taking about two hours. Please, keep these tips in mind:

  • Plan for extra traffic. We expect a significant increase in traffic as people travel to viewing sites in Oregon. Give yourself extra time and stay alert for sudden stops or travelers distracted by the eclipse.
  • Be extra alert for pedestrians who may be walking along roadways looking up at the sky.
  • Be sure to use special eclipse safety glasses if you plan to view the partial eclipse that will be visible in our state. Regular sunglasses are not enough to protect your eyes. (If you’re not looking directly at the sun you do not need glasses while driving or completing other tasks).
  • Do not try to view the eclipse from a moving vehicle and remember Washington’s new distracted driving law prohibits anyone from taking video or photos while driving.

This eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event, but please also remember to keep yourself safe.

Behind the Curtain

Quincy RAB?

There were plenty of comments and ideas expressed at a public meeting held recently by the city of Quincy to inform local people about plans for a remedy of traffic congestion at 13th Avenue SW and State Route 28.
“We all know the intersection has been a problem,” said City Engineer Ariel Belino, starting up the meeting.
Local drivers have for some years experienced backups at the intersection, whether trying to turn onto SR 28 or off it and onto 13th. There are only two stop signs there, for drivers on 13th.
The meeting was arranged to inform the community that the city is doing something about the traffic congestion, Belino said. He cautioned that anything the city might want to do at the intersection or on the state highway is subject to approval by the Washington state Department of Transportation.

Olympia

WSP
WSP Emphasis Patrol Today through Labor Day

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) in conjunction with 145 other law enforcement agencies around the state will have extra DUI patrols out from August 18 through September 4.

During 2016, impaired drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 277 deaths and another 286 serious injuries. The WSP arrested 12,949 impaired drivers last year. Each summer in Washington State, an average of 149 people die in traffic collisions. This is the deadliest season of the year on our roads. The extra patrols will be targeting impaired drivers in an effort to reduce the number of serious injury and fatality collisions in our state. Impaired driving includes alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and other substances that cause impairment.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to encourage all drivers to make the right choice. Help us reach the Target Zero goals of no traffic deaths or serious injuries in our state by 2030.

In Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties, the Brewster, East Wenatchee, Omak and the Wenatchee Police Departments, the Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan County Sheriff’s Offices and the Washington State Patrol will be searching for impaired drivers.

Be safe,

Dan Sarles

Regional Administrator, WSDOT North Central Region

If you have any questions on items in this NewsBrief, or other transportation issues, please let me know. Call me at (509) 667-3001 or send me an e-mail at: sarlesd@wsdot.wa.gov

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