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Good things come to those who wait

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What’s next for the North Spokane CorridorBy Ryan Overton

Over the past two weeks, we’ve told you about the history of the North Spokane Corridor (NSC), and where the project is at today. Now it’s time to prepare for what’s to come, including its completion! 

We know, we know. We’ve heard plenty of people say it will never get finished. But it will. And sooner than you probably think.

Picking up momentum
Think of the NSC like the Tortoise and the Hare. It has been 18 years since it first broke ground in 2001. It took 11 years to open the first 5½ miles to traffic and since then, we haven’t opened any new roadway as part of the project. That’s the tortoise part, but remember, the tortoise wins in the end. While seven years have passed since a new stretch of highway opened, work has been consistently moving forward with small projects waiting for funding.

Last week we mentioned the missing puzzle piece – the second Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad realignment – which will open t…

When it comes to reducing roadside litter, listen to the kids

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Four winners selected in Adopt-A-Highway litter bag art contestBy Barbara LaBoe

With our elementary school litter bag art contest complete, one thing is clear: Our messaging is about to get quite a creative boost!

We asked children in grades 1 to 6 to send us artwork for new Adopt-A-Highway litter bags and we were thrilled to see the great artwork. And, just as exciting, were the creative ways students came up with sharing our litter prevention messages.

Our crews, along with our invaluable Adopt-a-Highway volunteers, clear about 600 tons of trash off of more than 18,000 miles of state roadways every year. Despite that effort, roadside litter remains an ongoing problem and concern. And the easiest way to tackle the problem is to prevent the trash from getting to the roadways in the first place.

So, we asked our state's student artists to lend us a hand in spreading the prevention message. It wasn't an easy decision picking among almost 100 entries, but our judges ultimately sel…

Community forum kicks off planning for a new regional trail

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By Samantha DeMars-Hanson

Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Route Analysis to plan implementation for the future trail connection

One of our keys to building and maintaining a healthy multimodal transportation system is creating safe infrastructure for everyone regardless of how they choose to get around.

That’s why we’re excited that efforts to develop a regional bicycle and pedestrian trail between Tacoma and Puyallup received a big boost with a Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail Route Analysis to assess three options for connecting the two cities. This connection will bridge a major gap in the vision to create a broader Tahoma to Tacoma Regional Trail network.

Want to learn more? Great! We’re co-hosting a public event from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the Pioneer Park Pavilion (330 S. Meridian in Puyallup).

The evening will begin with an informal open house at 5:30 p.m. and will also include a presentation from mayors Kim Roscoe of Fife and John Palmer of Puyallup as well as Secr…

Westbound US 2 trestle closures return this summer

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By Frances Fedoriska

Update
The closure of westbound US 2 scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 4 a.m. Monday, June 24 is postponed due to low overnight temperatures and forecasted inclement weather. The closure is rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 to 4 a.m. Monday, July 1. The same weekend that Buzz, Woody and friends return in Toy Story 4, contractor crews with Lakeside Industries return to the US 2 preservation project that a year ago came so close to completing the repaving of both directions of the highway between Lake Stevens and Everett.

Where we’re at

We did get plenty done last year, setting us up well for what’s still to come.

On eastbound US 2, we:
Removed old, cracked, rutted and pothole-riddled asphalt from the eastbound lanesRepaved one mile from State Route 204 to Bickford Avenue during overnight closuresSide note: the eastbound trestle is made of newer concrete, so no repaving happened there.On westbound US 2, we:
Repaved 2½ miles from Bickford Avenue to near the Snohom…