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Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Traffic

It’s not technically summer yet, but Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, often brings summer-level traffic to state roadways. That’s why it’s important to have a holiday travel plan before heading out the door.

By following these steps, travelers can get where they’re going with fewer headaches:

  • Check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion.
  • Get informed about WSDOT’s online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit online traveler information for traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.
  • Allow extra time for travel during the holidays to avoid rushing or distraction.

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 28 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may be remain in place.

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Transfer Station Closures Scheduled

Mason County has scheduled closures for its transfer stations.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Stations in Shelton, Union, Belfair and Hoodsport will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018. Normal business schedules will resume on Tuesday.

A half day closure of the Eells Hill Transfer Station is set for Monday June 4, 2018. This Transfer Station (also known as the Shelton Transfer Station) will be closed from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on June 4th. This closure will allow McClure & Sons, the contractor for the Eells Hill Transfer Station Improvement Project, to complete saw cutting of road areas that will be resurfaced as part of the project.

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Police Arrest Woman after Assault

Shelton police arrested a 62-year-old woman Tuesday after she allegedly assaulted another woman with a hammer.

According to a news release, officers responded to the 1100 block of North 12th Street at 1:30 PM Tuesday after dispatchers received a report that an assault had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers located the female victim. A neighbor had hit the victim in the neck with a hammer. The victim was transported to Mason General Hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.

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Shelton Police Arrest Vandal

Shelton Police arrested a 29-year-old Shelton woman for vandalizing cars along Turner Avenue early Wednesday morning. According to a news release, officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Turner at 2:10 AM regarding a female breaking car windows with rocks and opening residents mail boxes. One of the victims of vandalism provided dispatchers a description of the suspect and the first officer on-scene quickly located the suspect and took her into custody, without incident.

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City Celebrating National Public Works Week

In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services are being honored this week during National Public Works Week, May 20 – 26.

Sponsored by the American Public Works Association, the objective of Public Works Week is to increase public awareness of the contributions public works professionals make to their communities as well as to educate citizens about their duties, practices, and goals.

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Large Forensic Search Continues in Lindsey Baum Case

Volunteer search teams and law enforcement officials from across the state continued a large scale forensic search in Kittitas County over the weekend. Investigators are searching for anything that may be related to the skeletal remains found last fall that were later identified as those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary on her way home from a friend’s house.

Search efforts over the past two weekends have drawn nearly 200 volunteers and law enforcement officials and 22 K9 teams from across the region. The search is believed to be one of the largest in state history based on the number of personnel involved.

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State Highway Road Construction 5/20 to 5/26

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from May 20, 2018 to May 26, 2018.


SR 102, Washington Corrections Center St to US 101 – Chip Seal
Highway: Dayton Airport Road (SR 102) Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0.01 to 2.9
Description: Crews will resurface the highway between US 101 and the Washington Correction Center.
Work Schedule: Construction is scheduled to begin after Memorial Day.
• One-way alternating traffic with a pilot car or flaggers during daylight hours. Work will mostly occur Mondays through Fridays. Weekend work may also be scheduled.
• Drivers can expect a reduced speed limit to 35 mph in the work zone.
• Depending on weather, work will continue through summer.

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City Council Sets Goals for 2018 & 2019

New City Council members met with top City staff on Thursday, May 17 at an all-day council retreat to discuss goals and set priorities for 2018/19. The Council was presented with information on a variety of topics, including governance, finance, City lands, and the 2018 budget. The purpose of the meeting was to bring the newly elected City officials up to speed on happenings at City Hall, and provide them with an opportunity to get acquainted with current issues and challenges facing the City.

Following a series of staff presentations and round table discussions, Council members agreed on a set of consensus goals for the remainder of 2018, moving into 2019:

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Port Partners with Belco, Receives CERB Grant

The Port of Shelton Thursday announced it has received a $500,000 grant and $1,500,000 in low interest funding from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB). This funding is in the form of a Committed Partnership with Belco Forest Products that will include the construction of a 30,000 square foot warehouse building. These resources will also be used for site preparation, major electrical improvements and a fire sprinkler system. The estimated private investment is at least $750,000 with an estimated job increase of 38 permanent jobs to be created over the next five years.

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Road Work Planned on Dayton Airport Road

West Dayton Airport Road (State Route 102) north of Shelton is going to get a touch-up. The highway preservation work also helps prevent expensive repairs later.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will soon begin resurfacing the highway with a chip seal treatment extending between US 101 and the Washington Corrections Center. Preliminary work could begin as soon as the week following Memorial Day.

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