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Crews continue to move forward on Snoqualmie Pass Project

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- If you've wondered about the frequent closures for rock blasting on Snoqualmie Pass this summer, crews are continuing work on a project to widen part of I-90 to six lanes.

Right now they're working on expanding a 15-mile section on the east side of the pass. It's part of a larger project to improve the roadway. They're also taking out the snow shed over the freeway and replacing it with bridges. They expect to finish the whole project by 2017.

"We understand that it can be a little bit of an inconvenience for drivers, but once we're finished with this project, they're gonna have three new lanes eastbound and three new lanes westbound, and it will make traveling through that area a lot easier," says Meagan McFadden with the Washington State Department of Transportation

When it's finished the project is expected to save taxpayers 650 thousand dollars a year. Crews will continue blasting in the area until winter.