Traffic is moving again on West Side Highway between Kelso and Lexington. The Washington Department of Transportation says that the highway re-opened at about 7:30 Saturday night, after emergency repairs were completed on leaking culvert. The highway was closed near Solomon Road on Saturday, the 28th, after that weekend’s storms had washed away soil next to that leaking culvert. Repairs started last Thursday, with a crew from Rawhide Excavating taking out the weakened soil, replacing it with rock, and replacing a small section of culvert. There’s still a 30-foot section of gravel in this area, until paving work can be done. This repair is intended to stabilize the roadway until a permanent fix can be arranged. Motorcycle riders are advised to use caution through this area.
White Pass also re-opened to through traffic over the weekend. WashDOT officials say that they were able to get one lane of that highway open at 3 pm on Friday, using flaggers and a traffic signal to alternate traffic in each direction. Delays of up to 30 minutes at a time are possible as emergency repairs are continuing on the washout about five miles east of the White Pass summit. Truck drivers are reminded that oversize loads are still not allowed through this area, and are being directed to I-84 or I-90.