October 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Highway 12 near White Pass summit to fully reopen by Thanksgiving
The (Centralia) Chronicle
U.S. Highway 12 near the White Pass summit is expected to be fully reopened to traffic by Thanksgiving after a washout Oct. 1 along a steep embankment adjacent to the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
“We are making progress and we hope to reopen it to two lanes by Thanksgiving,” WSDOT spokeswoman Summer Derrey said.
State transportation officials reopened one lane of the highway at milepost 154, just east of White Pass, four days after the washout. An automated signal is directing alternating traffic through a quarter-mile area near the washout, according to WSDOT.
Commercial vehicles are not allowed through and will have to use Interstate 90 and Interstate 5, WSDOT said.
Before the highway is completely reopened, a series of closures are scheduled next week, Derrey said.
The highway near White Pass will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 4, Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, according to WSDOT.
WSDOT contractor DBM paved the ditch and shoulder along the hillside to make room for one lane of traffic. The contractor is currently repairing the retaining wall.
“It’s not going to be exactly the same two lanes we had prior. The two lanes are shifting to the mountain side,” Derrey said.
The estimated cost to repair the washout is about $800,000, funded in part through an emergency proclamation signed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this month.
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