You’ve already heard about the construction taking place across I-90 between North Bend and Ellensburg this summer. You’ve watched our videos, read our blogs, followed us on Twitter and Facebook and even downloaded our app to prepare you for your trip. You know no matter what day, time or weekend you travel across I-90, you’re going to be slowed down this summer.
So this isn’t another blog about how you need to “know before you go” or “pack your patience,” because you already know that. Instead, we want to fill you in on the progress we’ve made in the four major construction zones between North Bend and Ellensburg.
|Crews set girders on the new westbound I-90 avalanche bridge over Snoqualmie Pass.|
Over the past nine weeks, contractor crews have resurfaced three deteriorating bridge decks, laid 50,000 tons of asphalt, poured more than 21,000 cubic yards of concrete, replaced 25 broken concrete panels, set 43 girders and poured concrete for two deck spans for the new westbound avalanche bridge.
|Westbound I-90 through Cle Elum is getting new pavement.|
In order to do this work, we have to keep traffic off the areas we are working, which is the reason you are driving through shifted lanes and detours. These detours and traffic shifts need to remain in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the work is finished because we can’t put you on torn up roadway and bridge decks.
|Several bridge decks are being repaired across I-90 and traffic must stay off the roadway while it is torn up.|
Before our contractor crews can call it quits for the summer, they still need to replace more than 460 concrete panels, repave six miles of existing roadway, build seven miles of new roadway, repair five more bridge decks, finish the westbound avalanche bridge and install the arches for the new eastbound wildlife overcrossing.
|Work on I-90 this summer includes replacing 480 concrete panels.|
Phew, that’s a lot of work! So needless to say, it’s probably still a good idea to remind you to continue to watch our videos, read our blogs, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, check our app, and visit our What’s Happening on I-90 webpage to help you “know before you go” so you can “pack your patience” this summer.
|Arches for the new westbound I-90 wildlife overcrossing are being|
constructed next to the existing arches in the eastbound lanes.
We know it’s frustrating sitting in traffic, especially on beautiful, sunny summer days. We hope that at least having a sense of the progress being made to improve this major corridor will help take some of the sting out of it, and we appreciate your patience.