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Prepare for backups on landslide detour

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:11 am with 1 Comment »
September 7, 2012 11:11 am

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.

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  1. Closed since June,come on!! If this was to happen in Seattle the state would have hired a private engineering firm and it would be open by
    now,I use this road all the time so I don,t have to go thru Eatonville.
    It,s not just me,but alot of other locals don,t like driving the cut-off road.It(the detour)is to narrow,no pull-offs and much to dangerous
    for all the traffic that is now on it.Know if you do the speed limrt everybody trys to pass you.What I’m really tring to say is pull your
    head out and get ur done…

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