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SR 4 west of Cathlamet partially reopens after landslide blocked roadway for 16 days

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 17:48

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-205

Joanna Lowrey, project engineer, 360-442-1350

Debris removal and long-term slope stabilization work continues

CATHLAMET – A single lane of State Route 4, west of Cathlamet, is now open after a landslide closed the highway Jan. 23.

Traffic will alternate through the area via the eastbound lane. The westbound lane will remain closed while contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation continue work to remove approximately 50,000 cubic yards of debris and stabilize the hillside

“A long-term fix could take months,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Joanna Lowrey. “We know this is a vital stretch of road for many folks and we would like to thank travelers for their patience as we continue work to reopen all lanes of the highway.”

Engineering geologists evaluated the hillside and determined it is safe to allow a single-lane of traffic back on to the highway. A temporary barrier is in place to separate traffic from the hillside, which creates a safe workplace for crews while also protecting drivers.

Next steps

  • Travelers on both directions of the highway will alternate through a single lane around the clock with a temporary traffic signal until the project is complete. 
  • For safety, the speed limit through the area is reduced to 25 mph. 
  • Travelers may encounter intermittent extended delays of up to 20 minutes, while crews continue work to stabilize the hillside.

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