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State Route 7 near La Grande reopens to traffic

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 08:21

Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

The first stage of important slope stabilization work is complete

EATONVILLE – After a six-week daytime closure, State Route 7 between La Grande and Alder in Pierce County is open to highway users. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews have completed slope stabilization work on a two-mile section of SR 7.  As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, the 10-mile detour around the work zone is no longer in place. 

Since July 22, Monday through Thursday, travelers have used a detour on SR 161 and Alder Cutoff Road East around the work zone while crews removed approximately 1,000 trees and 250 dump truck loads of rock that had the potential of falling on to SR 7 below.

For the safety of the crews and the traveling public, this work occurred during daylight hours. WSDOT appreciates the cooperation and patience from travelers while crews completed this important safety work.

This fall, another project will install cable netting along a portion of the same slope above SR 7 to further help prevent debris from falling on the roadway. During the work, drivers will see single lane alternating traffic through the work zone.  WSDOT will provide more information once it becomes available.

Puget Sound area drivers can get real-time traveler information on their phone with the WSDOT traffic app, follow the WSDOT regional Twitter feed, and get advanced information from the Pierce County construction page.


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