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Two-lane travel on SR 503 east of Woodland returns Jan. 12

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 14:41

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056 

YALE – Travelers who use Lewis River Road (State Route 503) near Speelyai Bay Road will soon have fewer delays.

In time for the evening commute on Friday, Jan. 12, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reopen both lanes of the highway.

“We understand how much construction has affected folks who rely on SR 503,” said WSDOT project engineer Lori Figone. “Stabilization of the cliff above the highway requires careful and deliberate work, and we appreciate the patience from the traveling public throughout the project.”

The highway closed on Monday, March 13, when a portion of an adjacent hillside slid onto the roadway. Triggered by record-breaking wet winter storms, an estimated 20 million-pound rock slab broke loose from the slope and was at-risk of falling onto the road.

Working in a top down approach, crews removed more than 1,600 truckloads of material from the area and installed anchors into the rock face to stabilize the hillside.

Next steps

Some additional work is needed to complete this $3.5 million emergency repair project:

  • Travelers should expect rough road conditions near the slide area. 
  • When dry weather returns, crews will repave the highway and complete landscape restoration work. 

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