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SR 503 remains closed due to debris slide, 20 miles east of Woodland

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 15:16

May 8, 2017 UPDATE: A single lane of the highway reopened to traffic on Monday, May 8. Drivers on both directions of SR 503 near Speelyai Bay Road will alternate through a single-lane, around–the-clock, for slope stabilization work. The speed limit though the area is reduced to 25 mph.

March 17, 2017 UPDATE: Both directions of State Route 503, 20 miles east of Woodland remain closed due to a major debris slide blocking the highway. Due to heavy rainfall, the slope continues to move and there is concern of additional rocks and debris falling. Using drone technology, WSDOT geotechnical engineers inspected the hillside and are working to develop a permanent repair. At this time, it is still too soon to tell when the highway will reopen to traffic. Drivers should continue to use alternate routes. Watch drone video of the slide

Bart Treece, communications, 360-905-2058
Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056

YALE – Drivers who use State Route 503 near Speelyai Bay Road should plan for an extended closure.

On Monday, March 13, a portion of an adjacent hillside slid carrying rocks, mud and trees onto the roadway. Washington State Department of Transportation engineers need to examine the hillside above the highway to determine the potential for additional slides and if a slope repair is necessary before the highway can reopen to traffic.

Currently, the hillside is unstable extremely saturated from heavy rainfall. Crews must wait for a stretch of dry weather, and the hillside to stop moving, before they can safely make an assessment and develop next steps.

There is no estimated time for reopening the highway. Drivers should continue to avoid this area and use alternate routes. For updates, please visit WSDOT’s Southwest Region travel advisory webpage or follow WSDOT on Twitter.

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