DOTissues schedule of closure for truck crossing

Published on Thu, Aug 3, 2006
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DOT issues schedule of closure for truck crossing

Beginning this week, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and its contractor IMCO Construction, will temporarily stop traffic and close lanes at the Blaine truck crossing (State Route 543) during business hours. Crews will be drilling shafts and filling them with steel and concrete in order to lower the highway 25 feet and build new retaining walls and an overpass at D Street. 
WSDOT has issued the following schedule:

Starting Monday, July 31 and lasting for the next several weeks, crews will intermittently stop traffic for 10 minutes at a time between 7 and 9 a.m. and noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, near D Street to insert long steel cages into drilled shafts.

Crews will also intermittently close the northbound truck lane between 7 and 9 a.m. and noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Boblett Street to H Street.

WSDOT officials predict congestion will increase during the day and recommend that drivers prepare for delays, plan ahead, and consider alternate routes.

Highway information signs will alert drivers to the delays and drivers can call 511 to get updates on traffic.

Those planning a trip can get border wait times by going to the WSDOT border page at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/border/.

Also, during the next two years crews will convert the Blaine truck crossing from a narrow and congested two-lane roadway into a safer and more efficient five-lane highway. DOT officials said they expect the new lanes open by fall 2008.

For more project information and to sign up for an email distribution list, visit WSDOT’s project web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr543/i5_canadian.

Weather information is also available by dialing 511 from most phones. Callers can also use 511 to get statewide construction, mountain pass condition, and state ferry system information.
Border wait times are available at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/border/.