Sunny dry weather this weekend is likely to bring more traffic delays at the landslide detour off State Highway 7 near LaGrande.
Over the Labor Day weekend, drivers found themselves in miles-long backups despite extra efforts by the State Patrol and State Department of Transportation to increase traffic flow through the Highway 161/Alder Cutoff Road intersection in downtown Eatonville.
WSDOT says plan for heavy traffic volumes and add extra time for travel.
WSDOT closed Highway 7 to traffic in June following a landslide at milepost 27. Since then, geotechnical engineers have studied the cause of the slide and the condition of the remaining hillside, and they’re designing plans for a repair.