Thursday, May 12, 2016

Front Street under I-90 in Issaquah opens later than expected for Thursday morning commute

By Lisa Van Cise

Issaquah drivers endured a longer than normal commute as Front Street remained closed for an extended amount of time as WSDOT’s contractor worked to remove a 114-foot-long damaged girder in the I-90 Front Street overpass with two massive cranes.

We would like to send out a big thank you to drivers who found themselves in the middle of the extended commute this morning. Removing the damaged girder proved to be more time consuming than our contractor had anticipated.

Work to replace this damaged girder on the I-90 Front Street bridge in Issaquah Thursday took longer than anticipated.
I may or may not have a blog later from Bart about bike to work. Waiting on some art for it.

To keep drivers safe, Front Street had to remain closed until our contractor removed the damaged girder. Once the girder was removed, the contractor needed about an hour to safely remove the cranes from the work zone before reopening the roadway at 9 a.m.

Next steps
Front Street will close tonight, May 12, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the third and final time so that our contractor can finish installing the new girder. WSDOT construction engineers will be meeting with the contractor today to review the events that led up to the late opening, and develop a plan that ensures lanes are reopened on-time Friday morning.