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SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has announced that construction projects along Interstate 90 (I-90) will be paused from June 28 to July 9 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. This decision aims to ease travel for the increased number of motorists expected on the roads during this period.

What to Expect During the Pause

During this construction hiatus, travelers should anticipate inactive construction zones, which will still feature traffic shifts and potentially heavy congestion due to the holiday travel surge. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Traffic Conditions: Although construction will be halted, be prepared for traffic shifts. Some lanes might be narrower than usual, and there could still be barriers and signage related to the ongoing projects.
  2. Congestion: Heavy traffic is expected as more people hit the road for holiday travels. Plan your trips with extra time to account for potential delays.
  3. Vantage Bridge: Travel across the Vantage Bridge will be available with all four lanes open, which should help alleviate some congestion in this critical area.
  4. Upcoming Closures: Following the holiday, a closure is scheduled for rock blasting near Cle Elum at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. Travelers should plan accordingly for this event, as it may cause additional delays.

Tips for Travelers

  • Plan Ahead: Use traffic apps and WSDOT updates to plan your route and avoid peak travel times if possible.
  • Stay Informed: Keep an eye on WSDOT announcements and local news for any updates on traffic conditions or changes in the construction schedule.
  • Safety First: Always follow posted signs and speed limits, especially in construction zones, even if the work is paused.

Why the Pause?

The pause in construction is part of WSDOT’s effort to facilitate smoother travel during one of the busiest holidays of the year. By temporarily halting construction, they aim to reduce the impact on travelers, making it easier and safer to reach holiday destinations.

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