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City Construction Schedule 7/23 to 7/27

Crews continue working on several infrastructure improvement projects in the downtown area of Shelton that are impacting travel around the city. There are several temporary traffic revisions and lane closures currently in effect. Traffic revisions mentioned in this update are subject to change without notice, and may not include all potential revisions and/or lane closures that could be implemented. However, here is the schedule for July 23 to July 27. These projects are the Basin 3 Rehabilitation Project, Downtown Connector Project, Cascade Natural Gas updates, and the Turner Avenue Revitalization Project:

Downtown Connector Project:

  • Olympic Highway North will be open. The roadway will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction.
  • Intermittent closures on Alder St. between 3rd St. and 5th St.
  • Intermittent closures between Alder St. and Birch St. from 3rd. St. to 7th St.

Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Project:

  • Northcliff Road will be closed between San Joaquin Avenue and Poplar Street through August 3rd for the installation of a new sewer main. Use Olympic Highway North as an alternate route.
  • Intermittent closures at the intersection of 1st St. and Alder.
  • Intermittent closures on Front St. between Alder and Pine.

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State Highway Road Construction 7/22 to 7/28

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from July 22, 2018 to July 28, 2018.

CONSTRUCTION

SR 102, WA ST 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 refresh asphalt between US 101 and the Washington Corrections Center.
Work Schedule: Drivers could encounter delays during daytime hours Monday and Tuesday, July 23-24. Crews during those days will install permanent lane markings. 

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Mason County Wildfire Update 7/19/18

Fire crews continue to mop up the wildfires in Mason County. According to the latest update, firefighters are working inside the fires’ contaiment lines after hot spots were located by palm infrared last night. Crews will continue mop up operations into the evening. Firefighters will continue to locate hot spots throughout the night.

The Kings Landing fire (near Timberlakes) has burned approximately 50 acres and is 75% contained.
The Brockdale Road fire remains at three acres in size and 100% contained.

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City Partners with South Sound YMCA

As MasonWebTV Powered by HCC reported last week, the Shelton City Council gave final approval on a long-term land lease agreement with the South Sound YMCA for the development of a new $16 million, 37,500 s.f. multi-purpose YMCA community facility at Wallace Kneeland Blvd. and N Shelton Springs Road in Shelton.

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Community Expo & Street Dance – Bite of Mason County Friday

The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce is holding its Community & Street Dance – Bite of Mason County Friday in Downtown Shelton. This year, the entire event has been moved to Railroad Avenue from 1st to 5th Streets and the hours have been extended into the evening running 11 AM to 8 PM.

Returning this year is the Street Dance. At 5 PM, DJ SmyleZ will kick off the Street Dance, offering all ages fun until 8 PM.

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Drop in Distracted Driving Collisions

Washington State’s new distracted driving law enacted July 23, 2017, resulted in an increase of distracted driver contacts and decrease in distracted driver causing collisions throughout District 8.

Overall, the seven counties served by District 8 saw distracted driver contacts increase from 494 in July 2016 to June 2017 to 573 contacts in July 2016 to June 2017. During the same time frame, the district saw distracted driver causing collisions decrease from 75 to 56.

Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties saw a decrease in distracted driver causing collisions from July 2016 to June 2017, as compared to July 2017 to June 2018. Grays Harbor was the only county that saw a decrease in the number of contacts and an increase in the number of collisions.

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Update on Mason County Wildfires

Fire officials have updated information on the two wildfires in Mason County. As of 8 PM Wednesday, firefighters finished containment line construction on both fires.

The Kings Landing fire (near Timberlakes) is approximately 46 acres in size and 60% contained. The size of this fire was reduced earlier Wednesday due to more accurate mapping.

The Brockdale Road Fire is three acres in size and 90% contained. These containment lines are reinforced with personnel mopping up hot spots.

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State Unemployment Unchanged in June

Washington’s economy added 4,100 jobs in June and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for June was 4.7 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The June unemployment rate was unchanged from May 2018 unemployment rate of 4.7 percent.

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Wildfire Burning Near Timberlakes

Fire crews remain on the scene of a wildfire that is burning between Phillips Lake and Timber Lake off East Bertelsen Road in the Agate area. Officials estimate that the Kings Landing Fire has burned 62 acres and at last report was 0% contained.

The fire was first reported about 4:30 PM Monday and two helicopters were called in to assist ground crews with containment efforts. However, those efforts were hampered by private drones being flow in the area.

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Primary Election Ballots Being Mailed

Ballots for the August 7th Primary Election will be mailed to registered voters beginning Tuesday, July 17th. On the ballot are federal, state and local positions that include: U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative (Congressional Dist. #6 and #10), State Senator, State Representative (Positions 1 and 2), Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Coroner, Prosecutor, Sheriff, Treasurer, County Commissioner Dist. 3, and District Court Judge.

Click here to view interviews with candidates.

Ballots must be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 PM on election night or by mail which must be postmarked by August 7th in order to be counted. 

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