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SR 4 remains closed due to debris slide, 9 miles west of Cathlamet

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 16:47

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

CATHLAMET – Travelers who use State Route 4 near West Fork Creek should plan ahead for an extended closure. 

On Thursday, Jan. 23, a portion of an adjacent hillside slid carrying rocks, mud and trees onto the roadway. The hillside is actively moving and too unstable and saturated from heavy rainfall to safely clear and reopen the highway at this time.  

Washington State Department of Transportation geotechnical engineers will monitor the hillside through the weekend for the potential of additional slides. They will also determine when it is safe to clear the highway and if a slope repair is necessary. Video of the slide is available on YouTube. 

During the closure, through traffic can use Highway 30 in Oregon by crossing at The Lewis and Clark Bridge in Longview or the Astoria Bridge into Oregon. Local traffic can use the Wahkiakum County Ferry, which will run on a 24/7 schedule during the highway closure.

Travelers should continue to avoid this area and use alternate routes. Real-time traveler information is available via the WSDOT mobile app and by following the regional Twitter feed.


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