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Rock slides close section of Highway 101

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
October 17, 2012 1:07 pm

A rock slide has forced the closure of Highway 101 near Lake Crescent.

Here’s the statement from Olympic National Park:

A rock slide at Milepost 228 has closed Highway101 along Lake Crescent. All through traffic has been detoured from the Lake Crescent area to Highway 112.

Temporary detour signs are being placed by Washington State Department of Transportation employees at the Highway 101-Highway 112 intersection at Laird’s Corner just west of Port Angeles and at the Highway 101-Highway 113 intersection at Sappho.

A rock scaling and cliff bolting project has been ongoing at Milepost 228 since October 5.  The rock slides began late yesterday and have continued today, damaging contractor equipment and endangering human life and safety. The road was closed today at 11:30 a.m.

The road will remain closed to all use until engineers determine that it is safe to reopen.  No timeline has been established yet.  Updates and more information will be released as they become available.

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