Month-Long Westbound SR 8 Lane Closure Scheduled For Spill Clean-Up
SUMMIT LAKE – On Saturday, July 26, crews will reduce westbound SR 8 to one lane between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to restripe the road in preparation for a long-term lane closure that will begin Monday morning, July 28.
Starting Monday and continuing through late August, westbound State Route 8 will be reduced to one lane around the clock between mileposts 17.5 and 19 near the Summit Lake Grocery for continued clean-up activities following a fuel spill earlier this month.
The remaining open lane on westbound SR 8 will be narrowed to 11 feet with two-foot shoulders, and moved toward the highway median to make room for the clean-up.
Other restrictions will also be in place. They include:
- The westbound SR 8 exit to Summit Lake Grocery will be closed for construction access during daytime hours. Westbound motorists can access Summit Lake Grocery by turning right at the next exit.
- Bicyclists will be escorted through the workzone each Monday through Friday between sunrise and sunset. Outside of those hours, bicyclists are advised to use alternate routes.
- Truckers hauling cargo over 14 feet wide will not be allowed through the workzone and will be detoured onto US 101. They are advised that a chip-seal operation is occurring along the detour route that may cause additional delays.
Traffic backups are expected to be minimal on westbound SR 8, however motorists are advised to drive through the area carefully and give themselves a few extra minutes to reach their destinations.
On July 10, a collision resulted in a spill of approximately 3,700 gallons of fuel onto the roadway shoulder and ditch. To date, crews specializing in hazardous material clean-ups have removed approximately 2,000 gallons of the spilled fuel. To access the remaining fuel, they will remove the asphalt from the closed lane, excavate and remove the contaminated soil, and rebuild the lane.
The intention of the Washington State Department of Transportation is to recuperate costs to the agency from the responsible party resulting from this incident.
WSDOT Traffic Advisory - July 25, 2014