In February 2011, crews working on WSDOT’s US 2 Safety Improvements project installed concrete barrier along eastbound US 2 just west of the Wallace River Bridge between Startup and Gold Bar. The barrier eliminates access to the gravel parking area on the south side of the highway. Parking will not be allowed on the shoulder of US 2. Parking is available at the Wallace River Fish Hatchery (14418 383rd Ave SE in Sultan).
This work is part of our efforts to reduce the risk of serious collisions on US 2 between Monroe and Gold Bar. From January 2000 through June 2010 there were 13 collisions at this location, including three injury collisions. Five of the collisions were rear-end collisions and one involved a vehicle leaving the roadway and striking a boulder. Two other collisions involved drivers entering the highway. The barrier and parking restriction will help reduce the risk of run-off-the-road collisions and collisions involving drivers entering or leaving the highway.
Cathy George, Engineering Manager
Meghan Pembroke, Communications