From The Wenatchee World
LEAVENWORTH — Highway 2 from Leavenworth northwest to Coles Corner will close for a week starting Aug. 25 so crews can replace the Drury Canyon Creek Bridge, the state Department of Transportation announced Thursday in a news release.
The closure will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 and end at noon Friday, Aug. 30, the news release said.
A signed detour along Highway 207 and the Chumstick Highway will add a half-hour to the trip.
Large trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds are prohibited on Chumstick Highway and must use Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Pass and Highway 97 over Blewett Pass, the news release said.
During the closure, recreationists bound for trailheads between Coles Corner and the Tumwater Campground may access those from the west.
From the Leavenworth side of the closure, those seeking access to climbing locations and trailheads will be allowed into the canyon as far as The Alps candy store, the news release said.
The Drury Canyon Creek Bridge is seven miles west of Leavenworth. It’s part of an $8.1 million project to replace three aged bridges in the canyon, add highway turning lanes, and eliminate a fish barrier where Skinny Creek passes under Highway 2.
The other two bridges, the Green Bridge and Chiwaukum Creek Bridge, were built alongside the old bridges, which will be demolished. Traffic interruptions were minimal.
The new Drury Canyon Creek Bridge will require no footings in the creek, the news release said.
Work will continue into the fall to demolish the old bridges and restore the environment, the news release said.