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October 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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.
October 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM
The Associated Press
YAKIMA — The state Department of Transportation says it’s reopening one lane of Highway 12 near White Pass at 3 p.m. Friday.
Spokeswoman Summer Derry in Yakima said drivers will be directed through a washout area by portable lights and should expect periodic closures as work continues.
A contractor hopes to restore two lanes of travel before winter. A permanent repair will have to wait until spring.
After heavy weekend rain, a 500-foot section along the highway gave way Tuesday three miles east of the White Pass summit. A 45-mile stretch of highway between Packwood and Naches was closed.
October 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM
The Associated Press
YAKIMA — The state Department of Transportation hopes to reopen one lane of Highway 12 near White Pass in time for weekend travel.
Spokeswoman Meagan McFadden in Yakima says traffic will be directed through the washout area by portable lights. The highway will remain closed to oversized vehicles.
She says the contractor will have to bring in a lot of fill to replace ground that gave way Tuesday following heavy weekend rain.
The 500-foot long washout is three miles east of the White Pass summit. A 45-mile stretch of highway between Packwood and Naches is closed.
The department plans a temporary fix with a permanent repair next spring.
October 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM
A 50-mile stretch of Highway 12 west of Naches and east of Packwood will remain closed a second night because of a washout discovered Tuesday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
An estimated reopening cannot yet be determined, the DOT said Wednesday afternoon.
The Highway 12 washout is about 4 miles east of the White Pass summit. After learning of the washout Tuesday morning, DOT crews closed the highway from the Oak Creek feeding station west of Naches, Yakima County, to the intersection with Highway 123 west of the summit.
An alternative route is available via Highway 410 and Highway 123. However, commercial traffic is prohibited from using the route, which crosses through Mount Rainier National Park.
As of Tuesday evening, erosion from the washout was still occurring and crews were struggling to determine a cause and assess the damage to the road, DOT assistant maintenance engineer Bill Preston told the Yakima Herald-Republic.
October 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM
YAKIMA — The Washington Transportation Department says a 45-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 across White Pass has been closed by a washout, and the closure will last overnight.
The closure runs from the Oak Creek feeding station near the Highway 410 junction to the Highway 123 junction west of White Pass.
Transportation officials said Tuesday the road is washed out just east of the summit.
April 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM
From The Associated Press:
YAKIMA, Wash. – The woman who was killed this weekend in an accident at White Pass Ski Area was an experienced skier.
Ski area general manager Kevin McCarthy says KyOna Hoff fell headfirst into a tree well — where snow piles up around a tree — and apparently suffocated.
She was the last person in a group on a run. Her friends became concerned when she didn’t come down. Searchers found the body Saturday afternoon.
McCarthy told Yakima Herald-Republic that after working at the ski area, Hoff, who was in her early 20s, had planned to go back to college later this year.
He called her death a fluke from an unfortunate set of circumstances.
April 2, 2012 at 6:26 AM
Weather: Currently overcast and still windy out there, with gusts of around 50 mph expected in coastal areas and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca this afternoon, according to KING-TV. Expect the cloud cover to stick around throughout the day, but we might avoid the rain today. It will be warmer this afternoon, with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. But a cold front arriving Tuesday is expected to add up to a foot of new snow in the north Cascades. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The Battery Street Tunnel was closed briefly this morning due to a car crash. The driver is fine, and the wreck is now clear. Otherwise, hearing about sporadic problems around the region, but nothing that should affect your commute. The map and cams.
Motorcyclist injured in crash on Alaskan Way Viaduct: A woman suffered life-threatening injuries last night in a motorcycle accident on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The woman, in her 40s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Her condition was not immediately known this morning.
Day 2 of our Amazon series: Today we take a look at publishers and others in the book world who worry that Amazon will use its pricing pressure to crush publishers. They say Amazon’s demands for deeper discounts threaten already-thin profit margins, and some warn about an Amazon monopoly.
Wind complicating search for marina fire victims: Officials are still looking for the bodies of two people presumed dead in the fire Friday that sank their boat at a Bellingham marina. A crane is being barged in to help, but that operation was complicated by the high winds.
Skier dies in White Pass tree well: A skier who died at White Pass is described as a woman in her 20s who worked at the ski area this season. Ski area general manager Kevin McCarthy says she fell headfirst into a tree well — where snow piles up around a tree — and apparently suffocated.
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