Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

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.

 

Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Washington State Department of Transportation, white pass

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►