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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Mike Westbay, WSDOT communications, 509-577-1617 (Yakima)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
Rock blasting operations have been completed on US 12 near White Pass
The roadway is open in both directions
WHITE PASS – Rock blasting operation has been completed on White Pass. The roadway is open both directions.
Motorists traveling between Morton and White Pass summit will encounter intermittent single lane closures Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zones. Motorists should expect delays and up to two hours of added travel time, between milepost 142 and milepost 151.
Non-commercial vehicles can detour around the construction zone by taking SR 123 and SR 410 through Mount Rainier National Park. Drivers should be aware that the National Park Service is currently rebuilding the Chinook Pass summit arch, which means flaggers and one-lane traffic on SR 410 underneath the arch (milepost 70). Delays of up to 15 minutes are anticipated.
Commercial vehicles are prohibited in Mount Rainier National Park. Commercial vehicle drivers should seek alternate routes on I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass, or I-84 or SR 14 through the Columbia River Gorge.
Crews from Janod Inc. and the Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are working on this $4 million project to improve safety on US 12 by reducing the risk of rocks falling onto the roadway.
In addition to stabilizing rock slopes just west of White Pass, crews are working this summer to smooth pavement on US 12 between Morton and Randle and repave the highway over White Pass.
Businesses along US 12 are open during construction. Drivers should allow more travel time to get to their US 12 destinations.
Crews on all three projects will stop working by noon on Friday, Sept. 2, and start again on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to keep US 12 open Labor Day weekend.
The paving projects should be completed in early September and the slope stabilization project is scheduled for completion in October.
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