Traffic Alert: I-90 backed up for miles eastbound in Kittitas County as utility work launches

Kittitas County

EASTON, Wash. — State travel authorities are observing a mileslong backup on the eastbound lane of Interstate 90 (I-90) in Kittitas County which has travelers struck in slow-moving traffic.

The Snoqualmie Pass social media page confirmed the backup on the afternoon of Monday, May 2, 2022. It has extended through several hours now with travelers slowly inching through the area toward Eastern Washington.

According to the Real-Time Map from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), this slow-moving traffic is occuing between mileposts 61 and 68. This stretch of I-90 is located east of Snoqualmie Pass toward Cle Elum—though traffic should clear up near the area of Stampede Pass and Kachess Lake.

This is only just the beginning of delays, according to an alert from the real-time WSDOT updates. Their website states the following announcement about this slow-moving traffic:

Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers will experience delays and backups due to intermittent right lane closures as power company crews remove underground cables for the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Cabin Creek Interchange to West Easton Interchange (Phase 3) construction project.

Please be advised that westbound travelers in Kittitas County should not be facing any delays as a result of this traffic advisory. Authorities say the issue causing this widescale traffic delay is utility work.

It’s unclear whether traffic is expected to be this slow through the duration of the utility work, or if Monday’s traffic event is the result of early stages on this utility project.

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