Q: When the state Department of Transportation (DOT) repaved Highway 522 from Kenmore through Lake Forest Park, it also extended the solid...

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Q: When the state Department of Transportation (DOT) repaved Highway 522 from Kenmore through Lake Forest Park, it also extended the solid stripe that separates the general traffic lane from the transit lane. This shortens the distance westbound drivers have to enter the turning lane for Highway 104. Morning traffic often backs up at the 522 and 104, and cars waiting to turn northbound onto 104 sometimes wait two signal cycles before they can get into the turn lane. Is there any way to shift the entrance to the turning lane farther east so those turning onto 104 can avoid the westbound backup?

A: It looks as though you’ll get your wish soon. Leslie Forbis, a state DOT engineer, says the state inadvertently shortened the entrance during paving, and plans to return the striping to its original configuration within a month or so, pending an available work crew and dry weather.

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At long last, all four lanes of Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass will be open round-the-clock starting this weekend.

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Crews spent weeks stabilizing the highway’s rocky hillsides after a series of recent rockslides, including one in September that killed three women.

Curious about pass conditions around the state? Call the 511 travel information line, check traffic information radio (530 AM or 1610 AM) or visit the state’s pass Web site at http://wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/

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Kirkland: The northbound Interstate 405 onramp from eastbound Northeast 124th Street will close at 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday so crews can realign a ramp. Instead, take the northbound onramp from Totem Lake Boulevard. For more project information or to sign up for e-mail updates on I-405 projects, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I405/TotemLake

Bellevue: Motorists should expect periodic lane closures and delays Monday through Friday along Lake Hills Boulevard between 148th Avenue Southeast and 156th Avenue Southeast due to construction.

Bellevue: The westbound Interstate 90 high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane between 150th Avenue Southeast and the Interstate 405 interchange will close Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The eastbound I-90 HOV lanes will be closed from I-405 to 150th Avenue Southeast from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618 or kgaudette@seattletimes.com