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KELA News Headlines for Friday, September 19, 2014


New Littlerock Road Bridge to Open Friday Night

The new L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge on Littlerock Road in south Thurston County will open to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic by 7 PM Friday, more than two weeks earlier than the October 6 deadline for re-opening the bridge. The bridge was closed on August 11 so that crews could demolish the old failing bridge and construct a new bridge.  Thurston County Public Works says while the new bridge structure will re-open to all traffic on Friday, including heavy trucks, crews will continue working on the bridge, and motorists using the bridge are asked to drive slowly and take caution to help keep workers safe. The speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph within the construction zone until all work is completed.


Drivers Advised to Avoid I-5 in Olympia This Weekend

Drivers are once again being asked to avoid Interstate-5 in Olympia this weekend as crews finish work on the second half of an aging expansion joint spanning the roadway over Capitol Lake.  The Washington Department of Transportation says many people took its advice and avoided I-5 last weekend and that helped prevent major backups and delays.  Doug Adamson with DOT says northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane at night this weekend.  The speed limit on northbound I-5 through the work zone has been reduced to 35 miles per hour through 5 AM Monday.  Southbound I-5 is being reduced to two lanes during the day and one lane at night this weekend.


Mellen Street Traffic Change Scheduled For Saturday

The major traffic changes on Mellen Street at the I-5 interchange in Centralia that were postponed earlier this week are now scheduled to happen Saturday morning.  Bart Treece with the Washington department of Transportation says it is eastbound drivers that will see the biggest change.  He says they will no longer be able to go straight through on Mellen Street.  Treece says the current part of Mellen Street under I-5 will be one-way westbound only between the northbound I-5 on-ramp and the southbound I-5 on ramp.  He says as part of the change, Airport Road will open, serving as an alternate route between Chamber Way and Mellen Street.


Three Local Residents are New State Troopers

Two Centralia residents and one from Tenino are among the 39 new Washington State Patrol troopers who were sworn in Wednesday in a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia.  Jacob Payne of Centralia is being assigned to the Yakima detachment of the State Patrol while Justin Schaffer of Centralia while be seeing his first duty with Morton office.  Also graduating was Christopher Hendrickson of Tenino, who is being assigned to the Hoquiam office.






















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