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“The Impact” – Big Summer Road Projects & the Battle Against Invasive Insects

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This week on “The Impact:

We break down the big road projects this summer that could cause big time delays for drivers.

Credit: WSDOT

We talk to  impacted drivers and then hear from a WSDOT official about the major projects to keep on your radar. You’ll hear about the sites I-5 and I-90 to keep on your radar as well as the goal of the work, the timing considerations, and the agency’s recommendations for drivers.

Credit: WSDOT

“Last weekend I believe the longest backup that we had was six miles on Saturday, but on Sunday I think because the word got out people realized what the situation was, that backups were a lot less.” – Lorena Eng, Northwest Region Administrator, WSDOT.

Later we explore a battle that may be happening in a back yard near you.  We look at the state’s program to combat invasive insects and highlight the damage from forest wrecking gypsy moths and orchard trashing apple maggots.

Credit: WSDA
Credit: WSDA
Credit: WSDA

“The photos coming out of the infested area are absolutely horrific. Some of the houses are literally covered with 1000’s and 1000’s of caterpillars.”  – Jim Marra, WSDA Pest Program Manager.

You’ll also hear about the controversy which has some lawmakers talking about defunding The Evergreen State College.

Click here to watch “The Impact” – June 7, 2017

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