- Written by Tina Werner, WSDOT Communications
WSDOT tools available for best times to travel on key routes
OLYMPIA – With the Fourth of July holiday fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s highly anticipated travel charts are now available to help people plan ahead. The weekend prior to Monday, July 4 is expected to see increased travel on many key routes including Interstate-5, I-90 and ferry service throughout the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.
The closure of the U.S.-Canadian border the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unreliable travel data and wait times for travelers. For this reason, WSDOT will not produce travel charts for the border crossing this year. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination remains a requirement for entry into Canada.
WSDOT encourages travelers to “know before they go,” and follow these tips whether traveling across town or the beautiful Evergreen State:
- Get informed about WSDOT's online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
- Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather, ferry schedules and a real-time travel map.
- Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as several Twitter accounts and the agency Facebook page.
- Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
- Have a backup outdoor destination if your first choice is full. If parking lots are full, find an alternative site and never park along road shoulders, as this is unsafe for everyone on the roadway.
- Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.
- Carry extra food and water as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer as an added precaution for emergencies or unexpected stops.
Highway construction paused
Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Friday, July 1 – to ease congestion. However, Revive I-5 work which requires multiple lane closures in downtown Seattle will take place beginning 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 through 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. Please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place. And please give any emergency repair crews plenty of space to work safely.
No construction or lane closures are planned on I-90 from Friday, July 1, until Tuesday, July 5. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect eastbound delays beginning on Thursday, June 30, then westbound Tuesday, July 5 (see charts for more detail). Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words "WSDOT Snoqualmie."
In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, on the SR 520 bridge and SR 99 tunnel. The I-405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the weekend and Monday holiday.
People boarding a state ferry by vehicle should prepare for long waits. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, then eastbound, Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.
- All riders should double check the sailing schedules as some routes are operating on timetables that are different than prior to the pandemic.
- Visit the Washington State Ferries website for more details on vehicle reservations, rider alerts, checking terminal conditions and COVID-19 travel updates.
- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing face masks on indoor transit, but they are no longer required.
Trains, airports and transit
Travelers making a trip by train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Trains are running between Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Buses are operating for travel between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Masks are encouraged, but not required on all trains and buses. Visit www.amtrakcascades.com/ or call 800-USA-RAIL for tickets.
- For information about traveling via state-sponsored airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/travel/aviation/airports-list or call 360-788-7437.
- Check with your local public transit agencies for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays.
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
At 3:39 this afternoon, Chelan Fire and Rescue, Lake Chelan EMS, and Chelan County Sheriffs responded to a report of a glider plane crash approximately 200 yds off shore from the 25 Mile Creek State Park area.
Chelan County Sheriffs Marine 1 with Chelan EMS Medics and Chelan Fire and Rescue’s Boat 71 with Rescue Swimmers responded on the water while other resources drove to the 25 Mile Creek State Park.
Upon arrival, one of the reporting parties stated that the glider and patient had just been towed to a house up lake.
The pilot of the glider had left the Methow Valley area when he lost air flying over Lake Chelan. The glider had a hard landing on the water and the pilot was able to free himself from the cockpit.
A quick-thinking witness jumped into his canoe and was able to paddle out to the pilot who was sitting on top of the cockpit in choppy water safely rescuing him.
The pilot suffered no injuries but was extremely cold due to the still frigid water temperatures.
The glider was towed to the State Park where it will be broken down for transport and removal from the water.
Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to commend the quick actions of the witnesses in getting the pilot safely to the shore.
- Written by Chief Chris Foreman, Commander, Columbia River Drug Task Force
The Columbia River Drug Task Force reports a joint operation with Homeland Security Investigations, started in March of 2022, has resulted in disrupting and dismantling a drug trafficking organization in the Wenatchee Valley that has ties to Arizona.
Three suspects have been arrested so far in the investigation. Tyson Horner, a 27 year old resident of Wenatchee , Nabiel Akhdary, a 44 year old resident of Phoenix, AZ and Brandon Lux, a 35 year old resident of Yakima have been arrested in connection of seizures of close to 10,000 Fentanyl pills, 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 pistols, and over $16,000 in cash.
At least 3 other suspects involved in the drug trafficking organization are in the process of being tracked down for charges related to possession for illegal narcotics with the intent to deliver.
Horner and Akhdary were Federally indicted in US District Court, Eastern District of Washington in Spokane, WA for Fentanyl distribution charges. Akhdary and Lux were both in possession of a loaded pistol when they were arrested and both subjects are convicted felons.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force works closely with our Federal partners, with Homeland Security Investigations, and both local and federal prosecutors to investigate, arrest, and convict Fentanyl
dealers in the Wenatchee Valley. As Fentanyl overdoses continue to climb both loc ally and nationally, CRDTF, our local prosecutor’s offices, and our local HSI office are committed to holding these drug dealers accountable.
- Written by Brandon Asher, CCFD
Last night, June 10, 2022 at 23:02 Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a drowning near the “Old Chelan Bridge”.
Initial dispatch reported two individuals in the water, one of which made it to shore and the other was reported missing.
Upon arrival, Chelan Fire and Rescue Swimmers along with the help of Chelan County Sheriffs located the missing individual holding onto one of the bridge pillars in the water. The individual was in distress and losing his grip on the bridge pillar.
One Rescue Swimmer entered the water retrieving the male subject bringing him to shore.
One patient was transported by Chelan EMS and one patient went POV. Both patients were treated for a near drowning event.
- Written by Janice Stewart
MANSON SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATE CHANGE
The Manson School District Board of Directors is moving their regular scheduled of June 20, 2022 meeting to June 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Manson Elementary School Library.
Agenda will be posted June 14, 2022 on our website at www.manson.org.
- Written by Sreenath Gangula, Assistant Director, Performance Management, WSDOT
The March 2022 edition of WSDOT’s quarterly performance report (Gray Notebook 85) is now available online. While numerous performance measures are reported throughout the Gray Notebook, highlights from this issue include:
- WSDOT's Electronic Screening System helped the trucking industry avoid 230,000 travel hours and $28.9 million in operating costs in 2021
- Amtrak Cascades had a 46% increase in ridership to 251,000 passengers in 2021 compared to 172,000 in 2020
- WSDOT and partners recorded a minimum of 8,683 animal crossings in the Snoqualmie Pass East Project area in 2020 and 2021
- WSDOT began monitoring nine new wetland and stream mitigation sites on 32.7 acres in 2021
- WSDOT’s and Washington State Ferries' combined agency-wide recordable incident rate increased 29.5% in 2021
- In the first quarter of 2022, WSDOT Incident Response teams provided an estimated $21.3 million in economic benefit by reducing the effects of incidents on drivers
- Washington State Ferries completed 27,955 (98.8%) of its 28,306 regularly scheduled trips in the third quarter of FY2022
- WSDOT advertised 58 of 143 Pre-existing Funds projects during the third quarter of the 2021-2023 biennium
Gray Notebook editions can accessed at the Gray Notebook archive page.
- Written by Robin Pittman
The meeting will be held in person at Manson Parks’ Bumgarner Meeting Room, and via Zoom. The meeting information is as follows:
6/9/22 at 4:10pm
142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
Meeting ID: 998 5199 7378
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Next Regular Meeting: July 14, 2022 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson, WA 98831, unless otherwise posted.
Regular Board Meeting
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions and Deletions
IV. Public Comment
V. Approval of Minutes
a. May 12, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
b. May 26, 2022 Special Meeting Minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
i. Marina Policy Committee
1. Discuss and vote on proposed changes
ii. Old Swim Hole development project
iii. Manson Bay Marina planning project
iv. Leffler Field soil remediation planning project
b. Director’s Report
VIII. New Business
a. Proposed pickleball court improvement project funding
b. Introduction to pickleball classes
c. Fall youth soccer
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- Written by Sergeant Jason Reinfeld, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU) was activated On June 4th, 2022 at the request of the Wenatchee Police Department. The Unit responded to the 200 Block of South Western Avenue in Wenatchee, Washington to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting. Wenatchee Police department was the involved agency in the shooting.
At approximately 3:45 pm Wenatchee Police Officers responded to the 400 block of Castle View Place in Wenatchee for a burglary in progress. The subject fled on foot prior to the Officer’s arrival. A subject matching the description was reported in the 200 block of South Western soon after. Officers made contact with the subject, ultimately resulting in the application of deadly force. Medical aid was performed by officers but the subject was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the early stages of the investigation, it was determined a male subject was armed with a knife when officers contacted him. Two different less lethal options were deployed prior to the application of deadly force.
To help further the investigation, the SIU is requesting citizens who have video of the incident or events that led up to it contact investigators through the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Tip Line. The tip line is at 509-667-6845. Please leave a message and an NCW SIU investigator will contact you.
The name of the subject will be withheld until next of kin can be notified.
- Written by Tina Werner, WSDOT Communications
State agencies cleaned nearly 22,000 miles of Washington’s roads in 2021
OLYMPIA – Every year, more than 12 million pounds of litter ends up on Washington’s roadways and up to 40% - almost 5 million pounds - comes from unsecured cargo blowing out of trucks and cars. This debris isn’t just unsightly, it’s dangerous to motorists, people who walk, bike or roll, and roadside workers. To recognize this, Washington is marking National Secure Your Load Day on June 6, which commemorates people whose lives were impacted or taken by unsecured loads and encourages drivers to properly secure their loads every time they drive.
“Washington is the most beautiful state in the country, and to keep it that way we all have to do our part to keep litter and debris off our public spaces,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Unsecured loads are a threat to our safety and to the health of our fellow Washingtonians. We’re reminding every driver about the importance of securing their cargo and keeping Washington litter free.”
Today marks the first anniversary of the We Keep Washington Litter Free campaign, which initially focused on alerting Washingtonians about the significant safety and environmental impacts of unsecured vehicle loads. The statewide Secure Your Load for Safer Roads program is a partnership between the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission aimed at increasing safety and reducing roadside litter.
“Last year, debris on highways caused about 300 traffic crashes and 30 injuries in Washington. So far this year, we’ve also seen two known fatalities related to unsecured loads. This is devastating because these crashes were all preventable,” said Sgt. Darren Wright, a public information officer with the Washington State Patrol. “It’s so important to properly secure your load before driving. Anything that flies off a moving vehicle is dangerous, and can even be deadly. In order to save lives, every driver in Washington needs to secure their vehicle load every time they drive.”
As a part of the annual campaign, state troopers are conducting emphasis patrols across the state for three consecutive weekends, starting June 10 and ending June 26. Drivers can get pulled over and ticketed if their loads are not properly secured in accordance with state law. Fines for littering and unsecured loads range from $50 to $5,000. If an item falls out and causes bodily harm or property damage, the driver could also face jail time. The largest fines are for “lit debris” — primarily cigarettes — and items that can cause vehicle crashes.
Roadside litter is an expensive and unrelenting problem in Washington. The Washington State Department of Transportation and Department of Ecology together spend $8.5 million a year on efforts to clean the state’s roads and highways. Last year, Ecology-funded pickup programs spent more than 125,000 hours collecting nearly 5.2 million pounds of litter and cleaning nearly 22,000 miles of road. In just the first four months of 2022, WSDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers and maintenance crews have already found and removed 136 tons of litter and debris from roadways and rights of way.
“We’re proud of the work we’ve done with local government and state agencies to lessen the harmful environmental impacts of roadside litter, but the truth is that more litter is deposited every year than we can pick up,” said Amber Smith, statewide litter prevention coordinator at the Washington Department of Ecology. “Litter from unsecured vehicle loads affects every corner of Washington and can contain harmful chemicals or cause injuries to wildlife, as well as people. Please, help keep our roads safe, beautiful and litter free by making sure your cargo is properly secured before driving.”
Tarps, straps and cargo nets are easy and effective solutions for securing many types of vehicle loads and preventing road hazards. The Washington State Department of Ecology is piloting cargo net giveaway events in King, Thurston and Yakima counties in June. Up to 40 statewide retail hardware store partners will also share best practices and products to safely secure loads.
In addition to unsecured loads, the We Keep Washington Litter Free campaign focuses on additional littering behaviors in several sub-campaigns. Statewide advertising for the 2022 Secure Your Load for Safer Roads campaign runs through June.
The public can lend a hand cleaning up roadside litter through WSDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program. Anyone interested in joining can learn more on the Adopt-a-Highway program webpage.
- To learn more about this campaign, please visit SecureLoadsWA.org or SujetaTuCargaWA.org.
- Call 911 if you see a dangerous unsecured load or something fall from a vehicle.
- Learn more about Ecology’s litter pick up and prevention programs.