More traffic delays coming to Snoqualmie Pass

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HYAK, Wash. — Motorists can expect to face traffic delays on Snoqualmie Pass next week when both directions of Interstate 90 are reduced to a single lane each for six days while crews work.

The lane closures, which begin 9 a.m. on Oct. 14 and continue until Oct. 19, will allow road crews to pave areas between the existing lanes and new lanes recently added to widen the highway, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.

“It’s going to be really important for drivers to listen to us when we say ‘plan for added travel time,’” project engineer Will Smith said in the release. “This closure is going to be inconvenient and we all need to work together in order to get through it. Good things are worth waiting for, and this is definitely a good thing.”

The closure is part of a $551 million project to widen to three lanes in both directions a five-mile stretch of I-90 from Hyak to Keechelus Dam. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2017.

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