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Emergency hillside repair work on SR 4 near Stella begins Aug. 27

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:48

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056

STELLA – Two-lane travel will soon return on State Route 4 west of Germany Creek near Stella in Cowlitz County – following months of an emergency lane closure.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27 contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove 8,000 cubic yards of unstable material from the top of the hillside adjacent to the highway and repair the debris fence.

“We’ve been monitoring the hillside for additional movements and gathering geological data for our repair plan,” said Project Engineer Joanna Lowrey. “While we know travel delays are frustrating, this project will ensure that the road continues to serve the traveling public for a long time to come.”

In December 2017, trees, rocks, mud and other debris slid across SR 4, closing the highway. Due to the threat of additional slide activity, and to keep traffic moving on the highway, crews installed shipping containers on one lane of the roadway, alternating traffic through the remaining lane until a more permanent fix could be made.

What travelers should know

  • Travelers on both directions of SR 4 near Stella will continue to alternate through a single lane around-the-clock, until slope restoration and fence replacement work is complete later this year.
  • Full roadway closures of 20 to 30 minutes may be needed, while crews remove large rocks off the hillside.
  • Use caution and lower speeds through the work zone.​

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