8 a.m. Wednesday: DOT closes all three major passes

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  • Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:49am
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Know Before you go: Road closures in mountains and Puget Sound area;

WSDOT prepping in Southwest and Eastern Washington for later today

OLYMPIA – All three major east-west mountain pass highways through the Cascade Mountains are closed at this hour due to avalanche danger and mudslides. Motorists should anticipate additional travel delays and road closures.

Drivers should plan for winter driving conditions in the mountain passes

when they open and the potential for flooding throughout Washington.

Route information is available at the WSDOT web site, www.wsdot.wa.gov

and drivers are encouraged to check conditions along their entire route.

WSDOT has established a county-by-county list of road closures at:


Weather forecasts indicate a strong potential for flooding throughout

Washington that could close major highways, including I-5 in Lewis

County, later this week.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday,

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass is closed from milepost 33 near North Bend to

milepost 106 near Ellensburg due to avalanche danger and the need to

clean up an avalanche that occurred. US 2 at Stevens Pass and SR 20 near

Newhalem are both closed due to natural avalanches. US 97 Blewett Pass

is closed from the Big Y junction (mp 150) to the Lauderdale junction

(mp 185) due to heavy snow and mud slides over the roadway.

Crews are clearing mud slides on both sides of US 12 White Pass, one on

US 12 near Mossyrock. East of White Pass, US 12 is closed at milepost

171.5 just west of Rimrock Retreat.

Clallam County

Water over the roadway has closed sections SR 112 in Clallam County in

Clallam Bay near Hoko-Ozette Road and the Green Creek Bridge. SR 112 is

also closed at US 101 near the town of Joyce.

SR 110 near Ballard Road is closed in Forks due to flooding.

King County

SR 410 – Closed in both directions from Greenwater to Enumclaw due to

mudslides and water over the roadway.

Kittitas County:

US 97 is closed at milepost 136 near Ellensburg at the Junction of SR 10

to milepost 149 at the junction of SR 970 due to water, mud, and debris

over the roadway.

SR 10 is closed at milepost 88 to milepost 104 at the Junction of SR 970

to US 97 near Ellensburg due to mudslides and water over the roadway.

Lewis County

US 12 from milepost 86 to milepost 92 is closed due to a large mud slide

Pierce County

An over six-mile stretch of SR 162 is closed from Orville Road to just

outside the town limits of South Prairie (milepost 11 to 17.5).

SR 165 near Church Street in Wilkeson is closed due to flood waters.

Standing water on I-5, SR 16, and SR 512 poses potential danger to

motorists driving too fast for conditions.

Due to weather and road conditions across the region, the I-5/SR 16

Westbound Nalley Valley groundbreaking event scheduled for this morning

has been canceled.

Skagit County

SR 20 – Closed at Minkler Road (milepost 71.6) to Hamilton Road in Lyman

(milepost 79) due to water over the roadway.

SR 20 – Closed at Concrete (at east city limit, milepost 90) to Jackman

Creek Road (milepost 91) due to two mud slides.

SR 20 – Closed at Newhalem (milepost 121) due to avalanches over


Thurston County

SR 8 at Kennedy Creek is closed because of water and debris over the

roadway at the US 101 Junction. Motorists can get around the closure by

taking US 101 to SR 108 and then back to SR 8.

Whatcom County

I-5 – Northbound on-ramp at North Lake Samish (exit 246) closed due to

water over roadway.

I-5 – Northbound off-ramp at Iowa Street (exit 254) closed due to water

over roadway.

SR 9 – closed at Whichersham Road (milepost 68) and SR 542 (milepost 79)

due to water over the roadway.

SR 539 – Closed under I-5 interchange due to flooding.

SR 539 – One lane closed at Kelly Road (milepost 2.5) due to water over


SR 542 – Closed at Coal Creek Bridge (milepost 35.5) due to an


SR 546 – Closed at Fish Trap Creek due to water over the roadway.

Yakima County:

SR 410 is closed at milepost 89 at Bumping River Road due to falling and

hazardous trees.

A mudslide has occurred on US 12 at milepost 172.

Know Before you go:

*Get information from our Web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov before you leave

your home or office.

*511 – This driver information phone line provides current traffic,

incident and closure information. TTY users can call 1-800-833-6388.

Out-of-state callers can access the information at call 1-800-695-ROAD


*Mountain pass conditions are available at


*At www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter, drivers can find WSDOT’s winter

driving-related information, including preparing a vehicle for winter

driving, safe driving tips and mountain pass travel advisories. The

WSDOT winter site also offers information about chains, winter tires and

how WSDOT maintenance crews work in winter weather.

*On WSDOT’s Web site, www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/weather, drivers can look

at roadway temperatures and see camera images from across the state.

*At www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts, a map shows highway

incidents and closures.

*Sign up for news. WSDOT offers subscribers more than 25 specialized

e-mail alerts, including news and information for freight haulers,

construction related traffic revisions, project updates from all around

the state, and timely updates on pass conditions. Visit www.wsdot.wa.gov

and click the link for “E-mail updates.”

*Twitter users can add WSDOT to their personal accounts at:

http://twitter.com/wsdot/. Go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform/twitter for

more details.

On the Road:

*Overhead and roadside electronic signs *Highway advisory radio – WSDOT

advises drivers to program 530AM and 1610AM on your radio.

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