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Blasting to Delay Snoqualmie Pass Traffic

HYAK, Wash. (AP) - Drivers who have been delayed by construction on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass can expect more of the same.

The Transportation Department will stop traffic in both directions for about an hour at 8 p.m. Monday for a test rock blast near the snow shed.

Work crews plan such closures on Mondays and Thursday until October as they remove 1 million tons of rock.

It's part of the $571 million project to widen the interstate and improve safety in the Hyak-Keechelus Dam stretch and help keep it open through winter snows.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the snow shed on westbound lanes will be extended to eastbound lanes and lengthened from 500 to 1,100 feet.
      

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