Department of Transportation hosts local meeting on Snoqualmie Pass project
October 22, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 22, 2012
The state Department of Transportation is at work on a major project to improve safety and meet traffic demands on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass, and local residents can comment on the project.
The project is on a 15-mile stretch between Hyak and Easton in Kittitas County. Improvements to the corridor include building a six-lane highway, stabilizing rock slopes, building wildlife crossings, reducing sharp curves and adding chain-up areas.
The 45-day public comment period for the draft environmental review on avalanche structures proposed for the project runs through Nov. 19.
The agency plans to hold a public meeting for residents to ask questions and discuss the project from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue, near Cougar Ridge Elementary School.
Residents can also read the draft environmental review at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. The agency and the Federal Highway Administration should publish a final environmental review next year, and address comments made on the draft version.
The next public meeting is Wednesday at the Best Western Summit Inn, 603 state Route 909, Snoqualmie Pass, from 4-7 p.m. The agency is also hosting a public meeting Thursday in Ellensburg.