The Tri-City Herald’s Chris Mulick digs out the details on what passage of Initiative 912 would mean to the avalanche and rock slide prone portion of I-90 that was shut down by a massive slide Sunday morning:
Sunday morning’s rock slide that closed Interstate 90 occurred at the site of where the Department of Transportation plans to reconfigure the highway. In the $8.5 billion transportation funding package approved by the Legislature this spring is $388 million to shore up a five-mile stretch of roadway alongside Keechelus Lake.
One particular section of that stretch, straddling the existing snowshed there, is responsible for as much as 80 percent of closures on the highway because it is prone to avalanches. The design option gaining favor with the agency would build a bridge into the lake, pulling the highway away from the hillside and any falling snow or rocks.
This is the same area where the rock slide occurred.
One has to wonder if any of those Coug Dads coming back from Dad’s Weekend at Washington State University gave any thought to the measure as they were forced to take the longer way home Sunday from Pullman.
One has to wonder if enough voters have bothered to educate themselves about what they would lose should I-912 pass? I guess we’ll find out tonight.