Emergency slide repairs complete on SR 109 in Taholah

Both lanes open to travelers, reduced speed limit removed

TAHOLAH – Good news for people who travel on State Route 109 in Taholah at the Quinault Indian Nation. On Feb. 1, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation reopened the southbound lane of SR 109 just south of Capoeman Drive.

WSDOT’s emergency contractor, Rognlin’s, Inc., started clearing the slide located at milepost 39 in late December. Crews rebuilt the hillside and repaired the roadway. Now both lanes are open, and the 50-mph speed limit is back in place.

Why this was necessary

In early November, heavy rains triggered a slide that washed out the soil around a culvert under SR 109. WSDOT maintenance crews closed the southbound lane following an inspection of the adjacent hillside and roadway. During the closure, travelers experienced one-way alternating traffic and a reduced speed limit.

Travelers are encouraged to sign up for email updates for state highways in Grays Harbor County. Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and travel center map.

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