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Daytime construction starts on US 12/White Pass area in mid-May

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 14:32

WHITE PASS – Spring is here and the Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews are gearing up to make much needed road repairs to US 12 between Packwood and Rimrock.

Between May and October, contractor crews will work to complete four projects on the popular 25-mile corridor (pdf 240 kb). Contractor crews will also resurface portions of SR 410 on the east side of Chinook Pass. Drivers are encouraged the plan for more than 30 minutes of added travel time.

Businesses, residents and recreational areas will remain accessible at all times. A 20-minute detour is planned along the Tieton Reservoir Loop Road in September and October to repave the Rimrock Tunnel and for rock scaling west of the tunnel. No holiday impacts are anticipated.

Here’s a look at the projects:

  • US 12/SR 123 junction to Wildcat Creek Bridge – Drainage Repair
    • Crews are repairing various culverts and drainage structures.
    • Construction: May – July
  • US 12/Indian Creek to Wildcat Creek Bridge – Paving
    • Crews are repaving six miles of US 12 including the surface of Wildcat Creek Bridge and the tunnel.
    • Construction: May – July
  • US 12/Rimrock Lake - Stabilize Slope
    • Crews are removing loose rock above the slopes of US 12 just west of the Rimrock tunnel.
    • Construction: September – October (detour Tieton Reservoir Road)
  • US 12/Packwood to White Pass - Paving and Roadway Repair
    • Crews are repaving 8 miles of US 12 east of Packwood.
    • Construction: July – September
  • SR 410 – east of Chinook Pass - Chip Seal
    • Crews are chip sealing various sections of SR 410 east of Chinook Pass.
    • Construction: July - August

The National Park Service also has several road projects through Mount Rainier National Park. Visit the National Park Service web page for construction updates

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