Cowlitz County is announcing that North Pacific Avenue could be closed through the weekend, as they deal with the landslide that closed the road Wednesday night. County officials report that Patriot Rail continues to remove rocks and debris from the tracks above the road, while geotechnical inspections of the slope that failed are being planned. They say that the road would not open before tomorrow at the earliest.
All three lanes of I-5 northbound are open again just north of Woodland. The Washington Department of Transportation made that announcement shortly before noon yesterday, also saying that the Dike Access Road on-ramp to the freeway is open, too. The right lane of the freeway had been closed for more than a month, after a landslide came down during the rainstorm of December 9th.
While work continues on a washed-away portion of Highway 12 near White Pass, WashDOT is also on a west-side landslide on the highway near Elma. The highway was closed at about 5 yesterday morning, when debris was found on the road near Porter, about seven miles east of Elma. The highway was completely closed until about 8:30 last night, when one lane opened for alternating traffic. If you’re heading to Aberdeen, Hoquiam or Ocean Shores, be ready for some delays in that area.
If you’re heading into the Portland-Vancouver area this weekend, be ready for possible backups on I-5, as electrical work is done on the bridge over the Columbia River. From 9 pm Saturday until 8 am on Sunday, the right and center lanes of the southbound freeway will be shut down. The ramp from SR 14 to the southbound freeway will also be closed at the same time. From 10 pm Sunday to 5 am on Monday, the left and center lanes of the southbound freeway will be closed. Be ready for possible delays, or use I-205 as an alternate route.