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WSDOT Eastern WA Construction/Traffic Update

Traveler Advisory & Construction Update for September 4 - September 14, 2008


Highway Construction and Maintenance

The following Washington State Department of Transportation projects may have traffic impacts in Spokane, Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman and northeast Franklin counties during this period.  Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling in these areas and "Give ‘em a Brake" in construction zones.  Please note:  Many of these activities are subject to good weather conditions and schedules may change.


Spokane Area Projects
US 2/Deep Creek Bridge-Repairs (MP  272)

Traffic Impacts:  Barrier and pavement marking work.  Drivers should expect alternating single lane traffic with flaggers and a temporary signal system directing vehicles.  THE LEGAL SPEED LIMIT IS REDUCED TO 30 MPH IN THE VICINITY OF THIS PROJECT.  LOADS OVER 11 FEET WIDE MUST USE THE POSTED DETOUR. 

Project Description:  Replace bridge rail and repair approaches on this structure about two miles west of Fairchild AFB.

Project Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US2/DeepCreekBridge


SR 27/Pines-Mansfield Corridor Congestion Relief (MP 86)

The City of Spokane Valley is the lead agency on a project to improve traffic flow on Pines Road north of Interstate 90.   For information call (509) 921-1000.


I-90/Latah Creek Bridge to Argonne (MP 280-287)

Traffic Impacts:  Beginning on Monday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 11, from 9:00 a.m. until as late as 3:30 p.m., there are intermittent lane closures in the I-90 eastbound inside lane between Latah Creek and Argonne.  Drivers should be alert for possible slow traffic and congestion.

Project Description:  Storm drain cleaning.


I-90/Eastbound Altamont Off & On Ramp (MP 283)

Traffic Impacts:  The eastbound Altamont Off Ramp and On Ramp are closed for approximately seven days due to paving work on Third Avenue.  Drivers need to use alternate ramps to exit or enter eastbound I-90 in this area.  An alternate overheight load route is in place via the eastbound Hamilton exit.  This is a City of Spokane project.  For information call 625-7722.


SR 290-Trent Ave./Utility Work (MP 8.5)

Traffic Impacts:  Westbound SR 290 is reduced to one lane at this location near Pines Road.

Project Description:  Utility pipes are being attached to the bridge.  This is a City of Spokane Valley/Spokane County project.  Call (509) 921-1000 for information.


North Spokane Corridor/Francis to US 2-Bridges

Traffic Impacts:  Complete.  No traffic impacts. 

Project Description: Job consists of construction of six new bridges for the North Spokane Freeway project.

Corridor Websitewww.nscfreeway.com
Project Websitewww.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/Francis_Farwell/


North Spokane Corridor/Freya to Fairview Grading and Structures

Traffic Impacts:  Possible lane restrictions on Francis Ave this week for traffic island, signal, and striping work.  Freya St. will reopen later today (9/4).

Project Description: This contract constructs bridges at Gerlach and Lincoln Roads, completes the earthwork between Freya Street and Fairview Road, realigns portions of Freya and Fairview Roads and improves the intersections at Francis/Freya and Francis/Market.  Work is underway on adjacent local roads.

Corridor Websitewww.nscfreeway.com
Project Websitewww.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/Francis_Farwell/


North Spokane Corridor/Freya to Farwell PCCP Paving

Traffic Impacts:  Farwell Rd. traffic is now in a temporary configuration with a temporary signal at US 2.  Concrete and asphalt paving underway on the new freeway lanes and the new Farwell Rd. alignment.  In addition, drivers should be alert for trucks crossing Farwell Road and Parksmith Road near the NSC bridges with flaggers directing traffic. 

Project Description: This contract paves the two-lane driving surface with Portland Cement Concrete Pavement. Work is underway on bridge approaches, electrical, and grading.

Corridor Websitewww.nscfreeway.com
Project Websitewww.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/Francis_Farwell/


North Spokane Corridor/BNSF Tunnel

Traffic Impacts:  Drivers should be alert for frequent heavy truck traffic carrying tunnel arch sections.

Project Description:  Construct an arch tunnel for the BNSF railroad adjacent to Market Street.  The new freeway lanes will pass over the tracks.  Work is underway concrete arch footing work construction.

Corridor Websitewww.nscfreeway.com
Project Websitewww.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US395/NorthSpokaneCorridor/Francis_Farwell/


SR 902/Geiger Spur RR Crossing (MP 9.5-Near Welcome Rd.)

Traffic Impacts: Possible lane restrictions.

Project Description:  Construction of a new railroad crossing.  This is a Spokane County project.  For info call (509) 477-3600.


Projects Outside Spokane Metro Area
I-90/SR 21 to Fishtrap-Pavement Repairs (MP 208-251)

Traffic Impacts:  Minor items.  No traffic impacts. 

Project Description:  Asphalt pavement repair in 7 segments in the 43-mile section in Adams, Lincoln, and Spokane Counties


Spokane County

SR 206/Mount Spokane Park Drive (MP 15)
Traffic Impacts:  Beginning on Monday, September  8th, contractors for WSDOT will begin the permanent repair work remaining from last Spring's washout.  In addition, Mt. Spokane Park Drive is still under construction inside the state park gates.  The roadway remains closed except for residents.  SR 206 up to the park entrance vicinity at milepost 15 remains open with full access to Mitcham's Barn and Bear Creek Lodge.  For State Park and Sno Blaze Condo access information call Mt. Spokane State Park at (509) 238-4258.

Project Description:  Culvert and paving work at washout site.


Stevens County
SR 25/Bossburg Rd. to Canada (MP 94-121)

Traffic Impacts:  Guardrail work is on the schedule.  Alternating single lane traffic will be directed by flaggers at various locations when work is underway.

Project Description:  This project will pave nearly 27 miles of the roadway with asphalt from Bossburg Road to the Canadian border.  Safety items such as guardrail, signing, and delineation will also be brought up to current standards.  Minor drainage items will also be installed.

Project website:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR25/BossburgToCanada/


Whitman County
SR 270/Pullman to Idaho-Additional Lanes (Milepost 4-10)

Traffic Impacts:  Minor items to wrap-up the project.  Work near the shoulders and vegetation areas.  No traffic impacts. 

Project description:  This is a widening project.  One travel lane in each direction has been added along with a continuous center turn lane.

Website:  www.pullmanmoscowhighway.com


Eastern Region Chip Seal

Traffic Impacts:  Various cleanup work at some locations.  Drivers should expect lane restrictions where work is underway.

Project Description:  A layer of asphalt oil and gravel (known as "chips") is applied to the roadway surface.  This seals the highway from water seepage that can cause cracking and damage the underlying support layers.  "Fog Seal" is a layer of asphalt oil applied to the surface.  Over 130 miles of highway will be treated this season.  This project also includes some hot mix asphalt paving.

Work may be underway on the following highway sections on various days within this period:

Highway Sections
SR 20/Little Twin Lakes to MP 367
SR 20/Tiger to Ruby Mountain
SR 20/Pend Oreille Mill to Newport
SR 23/Steptoe to Lincoln County Line
SR 26 Brinks Road to Fairgrounds Rd
SR 27/Palouse to Garfield
SR 31/Tiger to Canada
SR 194/Top of Almota Grade to Pullman
SR 272/Colfax to Idaho

Also work within the following cities and towns:
Newport, Lamont, Garfield, Metaline, Palouse

Website:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/ChipSeal/2008EasternRegion/


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