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White Pass Reopens

Posted on 12th November 2013 at 16:52

Two-way traffic is now moving across White Pass once again. The Washington Department of Transportation announced the re-opening of both lanes of the highway on Friday, but they’re advising that drivers slow down in the slide area about five miles east of the White Pass summit. Traffic was reduced to one lane following a large landslide that took place on October 1st. Over the past five weeks, contractors have been installing more than 40 steel reinforcing bars underneath the roadway, along with additional reinforcing concrete. Existing drainage structures have also been repaired. Through the winter, WashDOT is recommending a speed of 30 miles an hour through the slide zone; traffic is also being shifted slightly, away from the slope and closer to the hillside. It’s planned that contractors will return in spring of next year to continue slope stabilization and drainage work.