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Update: WSDOT to open US 2 to one lane of traffic between Skykomish and Stevens Pass, Sunday

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 17:09

Harmony Weinberg, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4475
Travis Phelps, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4698

At 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, crews opened two-way traffic across the bridge. One lane of traffic opened to drivers at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

SKYKOMISH – There’s good news for holiday travelers headed across Stevens Pass on US 2; the Washington State Department of Transportation has revised its schedule for emergency bridge repair work and will open one lane to traffic on Sunday, Nov. 22. WSDOT plans to reopen the critical corridor to two-way traffic by Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Following Tuesday’s (Nov. 17) storm, WSDOT closed the highway after maintenance crews discovered a significant amount of erosion underneath a bridge located six miles east of Skykomish. The highway has remained closed for driver safety between Skykomish and the summit at Stevens Pass.

"Over the past 24 hours our engineers have found ways expedite the repair process," said WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator Dave McCormick. "We understand the importance of this roadway to many people, and we are doing our part to get traffic moving as safely and as quickly as possible."

WSDOT's emergency contractor, Granite Construction, will spend the weekend rebuilding the embankment and installing a series of jacks underneath the bridge to stabilize the structure. Once the jacks are installed, crews can open a single lane to traffic, and begin work to replace missing soil underneath the southeast corner of bridge with concrete.

Keeping traffic moving
Beginning Sunday, temporary signals will be in place to alternate one-way traffic. The signal timing will be set up to best accommodate peak traffic.

This stretch of US 2 carries up to 9,000 vehicles per day. With US 2 reduced to one lane across the bridge, drivers can expect delays of 20 minutes on Sunday and 10 minutes on Monday. Oversized loads will not be allowed to cross the bridge until further notice.

Repair costs
The repairs are estimated to cost between $200,000 and $500,000. WSDOT is seeking emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to complete the need repairs.

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