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Much-needed repairs to cracked and damaged concrete on Interstate 90 between Issaquah and North Bend will begin on Monday, May 7. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Acme Concrete Paving Inc. will begin the two-year summer project to provide a smoother driving surface and preserve the roadway decades to come.
“The concrete here is more than 40 years old and 73,000 vehicles use it each day,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Aleta Borschowa. “It’s critical we preserve and take care of the infrastructure, to keep vehicles and freight moving on this vital highway.”
This type of pavement work can only be done during summer months when there is less chance of rain.
“Weather in the Pacific Northwest makes it challenging to plan asphalt work as it requires dry weather. Unfortunately, the ideal time for construction is during the summer months when people are traveling out of town,” Mark Rigos, Public Works Director for the City of North Bend, said. “We are working closely with WSDOT on solutions to avoid congestion as much as possible.”
Additional work over the next two years will include paving the outside shoulder, paving 10 on-and off-ramps and laying down new concrete on the eastbound I-90 Winery Road bridge and the westbound I-90 Raging River bridge.
Drivers should plan for the following lane closures:
• Single and double lane closures during the day.• Up to three lanes closed overnight.• Around-the-clock shoulder closures.• Overnight ramp closures.• Speed limit reduced to 55 mph.
Summer travel on I-90
This project is one of four on I-90 between Issaquah and Ellensburg. Travelers should plan for construction delays in the following areas:
• East of North Bend where crews are repairing bridge decks and replacing concrete. • East of Snoqualmie Pass summit where crews are widening I-90. • In Easton, Thorp and Ellensburg where crews are repaving several of the I-90 interchanges.
Vehicle congestion will increase on I-90 and may adversely impact traffic on North Bend city streets during the next two summers.
Please check the WSDOT construction page link below for upcoming I-90 closure details.