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SR 7 in Eatonville to reopen Wednesday

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm with 2 Comments »
October 9, 2012 2:33 pm

A five-mile stretch of state Route 7 in Eatonville reopens Wednesday after a landslide closed the main route to Mount Rainier National Park six months ago.

State Department of Transportation officials warn that the road could close again because they made modifications rather than fix the hillside due to the cost.

“I take the safety of the traveling public very seriously. If we see any reason for concern, we will shut the road down again,” Regional Administrator Kevin Dayton said.

In April, SR 7 from Alder to La Grande closed after a hillside above the highway was deemed unsafe. Permanent repairs were planned but cost estimates ran higher than WSDOT had predicted so they instead decided to make temporary repairs.

The project will go out for bid again next spring.

Geotechnical engineers will continue to monitor the hillside for potential slides. Weighted shipping containers have been placed along the highway between the road and the jersey barrier to catch any debris that may fall.

Other restrictions on that section of SR 7 include a reduced speed limit of 20 mph and 9-foot lanes in each direction. Truck traffic is advised to continue using the detour routes on state Route 161 and Alder Cut-off Road.

WSDOT said about 1,600 drivers use that stretch of highway daily.

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  1. Rowdy_Rob says:

    Oh yes, let’s put a band-aid on it so we have to do the work again when the hill gives way later on down the road… Looks like we the people will be paying for this job again thanks to the ineptness of our fine WSDOT officials.

  2. navydaddjtc says:

    Holy Cotainers Batman they call that a fix tempoary or not it is ridiculos what we endureed while WADOT was drinking coffee and figuring out what to do. So what I saw yesterday on my way home was the hill was scraped down big rock still embedded in hillside and 5 or 6 contairs parked on the sholuder. Let’s see I bet a bunch of us up here that use this road daily,the logging drivers, the freight drivers could of done this bang up job in a day or 2 and not had to go through Eatonville for 6 mos. and add anywhere to 15-20 mins to our commute let alone the extra gas it takes to use the detour, and of course we forget the friendly welcome mat that the city of Eatonville police put out for us driving through thier city.
    Now WADOT you going to provide the county with snow plows should the need the arise so we are safe on the county roads while enduring yet another bang up job by our WADOT officials.

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