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Sustainable Transportation: Preserving, restoring and revegetating habitats

By Meagan Lott

As facet of a sustainable transportation gadget we now not in basic terms attempt to aid the economy, boost fairness and best of life in our communities, but maintain the environment.

Across the state we're integrating habitat preservation into roadside pattern and operations as nicely as adding different habitat good points into challenge revegetation and restore plans.

One instance is the work accomplished previous this fall on the Scatter Creek Rest Area off of Interstate 5 north of Centralia. A sort of seed mixes have been planted using a seed drill for the relaxation enviornment and a sort of soil practise ways with hand seeding at local study plots. This web web website online may be monitored for a success establishment and flowering of crops and pollinator activity. As a result, soil practise and seed blend performance will tell restore and repairs practices to offer destiny habitat for pollinators alongside our roadsides.

Another instance is the work to off…

Chute safety: Preparing for avalanche season

By Andrea E. Petrich

The rain was pouring down alongside SR 20 in Newhalem and the merely location you may see patchy snow was excessive at the mountains towering over the small Whatcom County metropolis at the day I rolled in for Highway Avalanche Search and Rescue (HAVSAR) Training this previous December.

While there wasn't snow there, lots had already fallen within the mountains. So a lot – alongside with a few rain – that backcountry avalanche warnings have been already in place. That threat had reached a few of our highways too. The SR 20 North Cascades Highway closed for the season on Nov. 27, while its avalanche chutes grew to become detrimental for crews to plow the area.

At the HAVSAR training, about 30 of us gathered within the holiday-decorated corridor at the Seattle City Light campus. Our group consisted of our avalanche and repairs staff, Seattle City Light first responders, Border Patrol, Northwest Avalanche Center forecasters, North Cascades National Park rangers a…

Emergency expansion joint repair doesn’t top 2018 wish lists, but northbound I-5 is getting one anyway during dual weekend lane reductions

Two lanes through Tukwila remain open during closures Jan. 5-6 and in FebruaryBy Frances Fedoriska

"New expansion joint hardware" did not make any vacation want lists this year, but I-5 is nonetheless going to get one because of the actuality an vintage one broke in October.

This emergency replacement requires NULL weekends of lane reductions on northbound I-5 on the Duwamish River Bridge. Contractor crews running for WSDOT will spend the primary weekend – Jan. 5-6 - replacing metallic on half the joint, then move to the different half throughout the moment weekend closure, seemingly in February. This permits us to preserve NULL lanes of northbound I-5 open whereas extreme work is nonetheless being done.

Why scale back lanes now?

With State Route 99 ultimate for 3 weeks beginning the evening time of Friday, Jan. 11, we ought to be certain I-5 is within the finest condition it is easy to so it may well deal with all of the more traffic.

What was old, was the truth is really,…