Feb. 11 election is official, I-90 closures over Snoqualmie Pass | News briefs

Feb. 11 election is official

King County Elections has certified the results of the Feb. 11 Special Election.

The agency reports that as of Feb. 25, just 32 percent of all eligible voters in the 18 cities and schools districts with measures on the ballot, returned their ballots in the Feb. 11 Special Election.

Mercer Island School District had the highest return rate of any in the County.  King County  Elections reported that of the 17,483 registered voters in Mercer Island, 7,573 cast their ballots for a return rate of 49 percent. Other Eastside communities and school districts ballot return rates ranged from 31 and 32 percent for Lake Washington and Bellevue School Districts respectively to 36 percent in Issaquah. Forty four percent of Vashon voters returned their ballots.

I-90 closures over Snoqualmie Pass

Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass was closed to traffic for much of last weekend for yet another round of work to clear snow and stem avalanche danger.

Is there more snow?

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation the pass has had less snow so far this year than the five year average of 264 inches as of Feb. 25.

As of the last week of Feb. 2014,  a total of 232 inches of snow had fallen. By the end of last month, the pass has already been closed for 25 hours westbound and 35 hours eastbound. In 2011-2012, the pass was closed around 500 hours in each direction.



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