Several sections of the slope on the north side of the roadway above SR 14, between milepost 73.16 and 73.92 have a history of rockfall, especially in fall and winter months. To reduce the risk of rock fall and mitigate slope stability, contactors crews from Strider Construction Co., Inc., will work to stabilize two slopes on the north side of the highway, including rock scaling loose rock, installing rock dowels into the slope face, and building a 20-foot wide by 4-foot deep rock fall catchment ditch alongside the highway.
What to expect
Update: April 1, 2022:
During recent work to stabilize two slopes located on the north side of SR 14, contractor crews discovered several large rock blocks that are too dangerous to remove by hand, and must be scaled and removed using a large mechanical scaler.
On Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6, from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., crews will fully close both directions of SR 14 for 45-minutes at a time, beginning at the top of each hour, to perform rock scaling work.
Once rock scaling work is completed, beginning on Thursday, April 7 and continuing weekly Mondays through Thursdays, travelers can expect weekday, daytime, single- and double-lane closures with delays of up to 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., until work is completed later this summer.
During rock scaling work, a full closure of SR 14 will be allowed for up to but not longer than 45 minutes at a time, beginning at the top of each hour. Both lanes of the highway must reopen once an hour to provide a minimum of 15 minutes to clear traffic. Rock scaling work will occur only on weekdays, between Mondays and Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. We understand the 45-minute closures will greatly impact travelers through the area, however, for the safety of the traveling public, these closures will only occur when crews are performing rock-scaling work.
No full closures of the highway will occur on Fridays.
Several sections along the scenic State Route 14 have a history of reoccurring rockfall activity above the roadway. To help reduce future potential rockfall activity and improve safety for travelers, in winter 2022, our contractor, Strider Construction Co., Inc., will begin work to stabilize the slope located on the north side of SR 14, between mileposts 73.16 and 73.92, just west of the Chamberlain Lake Rest Area, in Klickitat County.