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Eastern Region - E-Mail Update Newsletter

March 2017

Welcome to our latest blog post.

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Mike Gribner
Regional Administrator
WSDOT Eastern Region

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After a very snowy, wet winter and early spring, it’s no surprise that there are flooded roads and mudslides in many locations. WSDOT has a major slide on SR 31 near the Town of Metaline.

The section of SR 31 just south of Metaline will remain closed for the near future as we wait for weather and soil conditions to improve. The continuing melting snow pack and record rainfall has saturate a high bank of clay soil that in places reach approximately 100 feet above the roadway. There have been multiple slides since the highway was closed on March 16. Due to the continued wet weather and the unpredictably of slides it is not possible to predict when the highway will be open.

The National Weather Service has extended both Hazardous Weather Outlooks and Flood Warnings for northeast Washington several times over the last couple of weeks, making it uncertain as to when the wet weather will stop. It’s possible that the highway may remain closed through March 25th or later to allow the slope to stabilize. When conditions are safe, it will be opened.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the safety of the traveling public and our crews is very important to us.