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SR 542 repairs complete, two-way traffic restored east of Deming

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Date:  Friday, January 15, 2016

Contact: Tom Pearce, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4696
Jason Koreski, WSDOT project engineer, 360-788-7410

DEMING – State Route 542 near Deming has reopened to two-way traffic following the completion of emergency repairs.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation finished fixing a culvert and repairing a section of the Mount Baker Highway near milepost 16 on Thursday, Jan. 14. The damaged culvert destabilized the ground beneath the road, forcing WSDOT to reduce traffic on the highway to one lane in late November. Temporary signals alternated traffic through the area during the repairs.

“We’re glad to have the highway open again in both directions,” said Jason Koreski, WSDOT project engineer. “We want to thank everyone for their patience while we finished the emergency repairs on the highway.”

The paving work is complete, but drivers should be prepared single lane closures during daylight hours through next week. Contractor crews have to finish some clean-up work near the site.

The repair at milepost 16 was one of two on the Mount Baker Highway following a major storm in November. Crews finished rebuilding the eastbound lane of the highway and reinstalling the guardrail about six miles east of Glacier last month.

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