TRAFFIC ALERT: I-90 Closures & Construction Wrap Up For The Wint - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-90 Closures & Construction Wrap Up For The Winter East of Snoqualmie Pass

HYAK, Wash. - As winter takes hold in the mountains, construction crews on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will wrap up work this week and take a break until next spring. Drivers will get a temporary reprieve from the nightly hour-long closures for rock blasting.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) expects to have I-90 back to normal by Nov. 5. A half-mile detour with narrow shoulders will remain in place through the winter at the Gold Creek bridges near Hyak.

Contractor crews will continue to work along the project to prep the area for winter. Drivers may experience minor delays as crews move equipment across I-90.

Since May, crews have excavated approximately 500,000 tons of rock (out of 1.3 million tons) from the slopes adjacent to I-90. This will make room to widen I-90 from four to six lanes. Crews also began construction on new, wider bridges over Rocky Run and Gold Creek.

This four-year project (I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East - Hyak to Keechelus Dam Project) lays the groundwork for a wider, safer and more reliable I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass.

More than 27,000 vehicles travel over Snoqualmie Pass on weekdays and traffic volumes can double on weekends and holidays. The additional lanes will improve traffic flow and accommodate more drivers, and the new bridge design connects wildlife habitats under the highway.

WSDOT also rehabilitated approximately nine miles of deteriorated pavement on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass this year through the I-90 Lake Easton to Bullfrog and I-90 Keechelus Dam to Cabin Creek projects.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Motorcycle passenger killed in Rathdrum crash identified

    UPDATE: Motorcycle passenger killed in Rathdrum crash identified

    Monday, June 18 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-06-18 17:53:47 GMT

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - Members of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and the Northern Lakes Fire Department responded to a fatal crash in Rathdrum late Saturday morning. A citizen reported that a truck struck a motorcycle carrying two people in the intersection at W. Lancaster Rd. and N. Huetter Rd. 

    >>

    RATHDRUM, Idaho - Members of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and the Northern Lakes Fire Department responded to a fatal crash in Rathdrum late Saturday morning. A citizen reported that a truck struck a motorcycle carrying two people in the intersection at W. Lancaster Rd. and N. Huetter Rd. 

    >>
  • Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

    Tests confirm mystery animal shot in Montana was a wolf

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:37 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:37:05 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLO via KFBBImage Courtesy KXLO via KFBB

    HELENA, Mont. - The mystery is over: Montana wildlife officials confirm that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was actually a wolf.    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it near Denton in May. They noted the legs, front claws and canine teeth were shorter and its ears bigger than normally seen on wolves. 

    >>

    HELENA, Mont. - The mystery is over: Montana wildlife officials confirm that an unusual-looking animal shot in central Montana was actually a wolf.    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials initially weren't certain what the creature was when a rancher shot it near Denton in May. They noted the legs, front claws and canine teeth were shorter and its ears bigger than normally seen on wolves. 

    >>
  • Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Victim in domestic violence situation turned house fire speaks out

    Monday, June 18 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-06-18 22:43:22 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough 24 hours for the Winant Family.  Kelli Winant says she called police after a situation escalated with she and her boyfriend Saturday after he had been drinking.  "After he beat me pretty good yesterday, he burned our house down,” Kelli Winant Firefighters were at the home in a matter of minutes.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/