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Highway 12 Closed

Posted on 18th September 2017 at 08:55

Be aware that a full closure of Highway 12 near White Pass starts this morning. The Washington Department of Transportation says that this work near the Rimrock Tunnel has been planned for a long time, set for the fall when traffic numbers are at their lowest. However, fire closures around the state have caused some traffic shifts, so the numbers are actually higher in the Highway 12 corridor. Starting today, there will be a 30-minute detour on the Tieton Reservoir Road, allowing through traffic to safely traverse the work area, where rock-scaling crews are removing unstable rocks above the road. This detour is expected to be in place for a considerable length of time, extending into November. WashDOT officials say that they do expect to be finished before Thanksgiving. Budget some extra time or explore an alternate route to avoid this work.