Monday, August 8, 2016

New avalanche bridge opens to traffic across Snoqualmie Pass

By Meagan Lott

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, traffic across Snoqualmie Pass  will shift onto a new avalanche bridge.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, traffic across Snoqualmie Pass
will shift onto a new avalanche bridge
Things look a little different across Snoqualmie Pass as all four lanes of traffic on the new avalanche bridge are open to traffic. This is all part of the major improvement project to widen a 15-mile stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Easton.

This traffic shift is so we have enough room to start building the second avalanche bridge this summer. Once complete in 2018, the second bridge will accommodate westbound traffic, while the bridge we just finished will accommodate eastbound traffic.

Over the next several weeks crews are going to be busy removing the old westbound lanes, blasting rock from the hillside and excavating the avalanche chutes so that snow and other debris this winter will go under the bridge, ultimately reducing the number of closures we have for avalanche control work.

You will notice that the drive over the bridge is going to be a little tight, just like most areas across the pass due to construction and the need to shift traffic around the work zone. It’s going to be important to pay close attention to the road and obey the speed limit across the pass.

After two years of hard work, we are excited to show you this major milestone. Join us live on our Facebook page Tuesday morning, Aug. 9 as we shift traffic onto the new avalanche bridge.


John C said...

Wow! This work is happening very quickly! The rest of the US could learn a thing or two from the WSDOT!!!

Vickie Swor Scribner said...

It would be nice if people actually DID do the recommended speed.

Jet Palero said...

That's great! Very cool to see it get built over the last couple years.

Richard Tabor said...

I can't wait to see how much ice forms on the raised bridge this winter

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