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Snoqualmie Pass freeway project on track

Friday, August 31, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Again this summer, drivers crossing Snoqualmie Pass have been frustrated by pre-dusk closures for blasting alongside the freeway, where workers have hauled away millions of tons of rock near the Keechelus Lake snowshed. They’ve made steady progress toward creating an I-90 corridor that’s safer for motorists and wildlife. I-90 is Washington’s busiest east-west highway, and at the Pass it handles 27,000 cars each weekday.
     The improved five-mile stretch will stretch six lanes wide, including an avalanche overpass in lieu of a snowshed, plus an expanded chain-removal area. There will be no rock-blasting closures over the busy Labor Day weekend. Read the State Dept. of Transportation webpage detailing the plans and this summer’s progress.

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