Night closure of SR 507 near Bucoda begins Thursday, Sept. 28

BUCODA – Travelers will need to plan for a night closure along a short segment of State Route 507 south of Bucoda. From 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 to 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, the highway will close to all travelers.

A signed detour will direct northbound traffic around the closure via SR 507 through Centralia. Southbound travelers will use Old Highway 99 in Tenino. During the closure, travelers will have no access through the work zone.

Before and after the closure, the existing speed limit will be reduced from 50 mph to 35 mph at SR 507 between milepost 7.95 to 7.96. The temporary speed reduction will remain in place until the roadway is repaired.  The speed limit will be enforceable as soon as signs are installed.

Repair plan

A culvert that carries water under SR 507 has deteriorated. The closure allows contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation to excavate both directions of the highway. The highway will reopen using a temporary surface. Workers will return later to complete paving the roadway.

The night closure allows workers to replace the failing culvert. The repair helps keep the highway in good working order.

WSDOT travel tools

Travelers can receive email updates about this project and other major roadwork on state highways in Thurston County. Real-time information is available via the WSDOT app and WSDOT Travel Center Map.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.