GOLD BAR — New work hours for a U.S. 2 paving project between Gold Bar and Skykomish aim to reduce traffic delays that were reaching up to two hours in the first few weeks.
Contractor crews now are working in only one of the three project sections at a time when a longer work zone is required. Two sections might still be worked on when the closure area is shorter. Crews also will work overnight in the longest of the three sections to reduce daytime travel delays.
The Washington State Department of Transportation anticipates the changes should shorten both daytime and nighttime wait times to 20 to 30 minutes.
Once over Stevens Pass, travelers will encounter additional construction work, including a pavement rehabilitation project in Tumwater Canyon near Leavenworth with delays of 20 to 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Delays caused by construction are anticipated on all the state’s east-to-west mountain pass routes, including I-90 (Snoqualmie Pass), U.S. 12 (White Pass) and Highway 410 (Chinook Pass).