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US 2 Skykomish - Erosion Repair

A large map of the closure on US 2 east of Skykomish at milepost 54

This stretch of US 2 carries up to 9,000 vehicles per day on the weekend and 5,000 during the week.

Work continues on US 2
WSDOT contractor crews are working to rebuild a guardrail west of Skykomish near the west end of the tunnel at milepost 45. The South Fork Skykomish River eroded the bank in November, undermining the guardrail. Crews are reinforcing the bank with heavy rock.

What can drivers expect?
One lane is open and traffic is alternating at milepost 45. Contractor crews will not work the weekend of Dec. 5 and 6 but will resume work again Monday, Dec. 7.

Why did the bank erode?
Significant rainfall from a storm on Nov. 17 pushed many area rivers above flood stage.  The high and fast moving water contributed to the river bank eroding.

Was there any other damage on US 2?
The storm also caused a significant amount of erosion underneath a bridge's foundation six miles east of Skykomish at milepost 54.

The creek washed away a large amount of material that supported the southeastern half of the bridge. To keep drivers safe, WSDOT closed the bridge to all traffic except emergency vehicles. 

WSDOT contractor crews used bridge jacks to stabilize the bridge before replacing the missing soil with concrete.

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