Still Flooded, but Seattle Area Roads are Opening Up

Category: Blog. Written by Cameron Wong 

The rain may have stopped on Friday, but there’s plenty of water still on the roads. However, WSDOT has been working feverishly to open the I-90 passes and parts of I-5 .

Here’s the presser from WSDOT

WSDOT prepares to reopen I-5 through Lewis County
OLYMPIA – WSDOT crews are preparing to reopen Interstate 5 to commercial vehicles over 10,000 GVW between Napavine and Grand Mound (mile post 68 to 88) at noon today. The road will open to passenger vehicles later in the day.

Quickly receding flood waters on I-5 in Chehalis resulted in fewer problems than anticipated. Crews were able to access the freeway and perform necessary safety inspections of the interstate and levee system and begin clean up work. Some exit and on ramps remain closed within the 20 mile section. Drivers should be aware that maintenance crews will be working in the area, repairing potholes and road markers.

I-90 Snoqualmie Pass reopened eastbound at 9 a.m. between North Bend and Ellensburg. The westbound lanes will open around noon. There are still restrictions on three I-90 exit ramps. Exit 45 will remain closed due to water over the roadway. Exits 53 and 54 will have ramp lane restrictions to keep traffic out of the high water. Due to erosion and some undermining of the shoulders, there will be no stopping or parking allowed on the shoulders of I-90 between North Bend and Easton.

WSDOT crews and emergency contractor, Scarsella Brothers, worked throughout the night and early morning to repair the eastbound lanes of the interstate. The contractor poured 40 yards of concrete to restore damaged sections of the roadway. WSDOT and crews are still working to repair sections of roadway in the westbound lanes before they open for travel.

US 2 has reopened to traffic after a two day closure caused by flooding and avalanche danger. The pass reopened at approximately 4:00 p.m. Thursday. US 12 White Pass is not a viable east-west route at this time due to flooding at Randle (mile post 116) and a large washout near Glenoma (mile post 108)

WSDOT estimates the economic impact of the I-5 closure through Lewis count is $12 million per day and I-090 is $6 million per day. A summary of this information is at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Freight/publications.htm

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