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Rock blasting to resume next week on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

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Rock blasting to resume next week on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

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April 21, 2012

(Hyak, WA) After a long, wet winter and spring, crews are back on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to start chipping away at the slopes high above the roadway with rock blasting.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and crews plan to close I-90 in both directions between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26, from Gold Creek (milepost 56) to the Price Creek Sno-Park (milepost 61). This work is weather dependent and may change if weather conditions change. Check our What’s Happening on I-90 website for changes to the rock blasting schedule.

Rock blasting is part of the $551 million I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East – Hyak to Keechelus Dam project to widen a five-mile stretch of the highway from four to six lanes. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2017.

The countdown for construction on I-90 between Easton and Cle Elum has started. For the next six weeks starting Monday, April 23, drivers need to plan for delays due to daytime single-lane closures in both directions Monday through Friday morning. Starting Friday, April 27, every weekend crews will open two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane at 9 a.m. on Fridays until 9 a.m. on Sundays. Crews will open two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

This year crews will finish replacing deteriorating sections of concrete roadway and asphalt shoulders in both directions. This project is scheduled to be complete this fall.

Drivers can use the following tools to better plan trips across I-90 this summer:

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