Week-long US 2 closure near Leavenworth starts Sept. 8

Drivers should plan ahead for detours; large trucks use I-90, US 97.

LEAVENWORTH –US 2 between Leavenworth and State Route 207 at Coles Corner will be closed for six days in early September to replace the Drury Canyon Creek Bridge in Tumwater Canyon. The closure is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept.8, and continue until noon Friday, Sept. 13. A signed detour from US 2 between Coles Corner and Leavenworth using SR 207 and the Chumstick Highway will add a half hour to the trip.

During the closure, recreationists bound for trailheads between Coles Corner and the Tumwater Campground and Hatchery Creek may access those from the west, while from Leavenworth on the east end of the closure, those wanting to access climbing locations and trailheads will be allowed access 5 miles into the Canyon, as far as the Alps candy store.

In addition, trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds are prohibited on Chumstick Highway and must use Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Pass and US 97, Blewett Pass, instead of US 2, Stevens Pass.

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Tunnel Repairs: Hurricane Ridge Road

Work to rehabilitate three tunnels along Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road will begin August 26. Motorists should expect one-lane of traffic and delays of up to 20 - 30 minutes on weekdays through October 22.

MJ Hughs, based in Vancouver, WA, is the contractor for the $379,000 project. Scheduled work includes repairs and maintenance to the tunnels’ interior concrete liners and exterior portals, removal of vegetation and loose rock above the portals, application of concrete sealant, and a new coat of reflective interior paint to provide improved visibility and safer conditions for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Hurricane Ridge Road will remain open throughout the work period, but traffic will be restricted to one lane through work zones to accommodate construction equipment and provide for public safety.

“Maintaining safe access into Olympic National Park is one of our top priorities,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “We recognize the inconvenience this work may represent to some of our visitors, and we ask the public for their understanding and patience.”

Preparatory work will begin August 26 and delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected through August 30. Rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin September 3 and continue through October 22. Delays of up to 30 minutes should be expected during construction. Work will only occur weekdays between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; no holiday or weekend work is scheduled.

Current road information is available by calling Olympic National Park’s recorded information line at 360-565-3131 or online at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm.

Olympic National Park News Release

Repairs Scheduled for Hwy 101 at Lake Crescent

Washington State Department of Transportation began road repairs and maintenance on Hwy 101 at Lake Crescent, August 21. Motorists traveling on Hwy 101 may encounter delays of up to 20 minutes. Work is schedule to continue through the end of September, weather permitting.

Scheduled work includes chip seal and asphalt patching along a twelve-mile section of the highway on the south side of Lake Crescent, as well as a full width asphalt overlay on one 400 ft. section to provide a smoother and safer ride for motorists.

Hwy 101 will remain open throughout the work period. To accommodate construction equipment and provide for public safety, the road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected. Flaggers will guide motorists through the active construction areas. Work will only occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; no holiday or weekend work is scheduled.

Motorists are advised to slow down, drive with caution, and watch for workers, equipment, and traffic control devices.

Current road information is available by calling Olympic National Park’s recorded information line at 360-565-3131 or online at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm.

Be in the know before you go: travel tools available for Labor Day weekend.

Olympic National Park News Release

Sasquatch Family Helps You Avoid a $99 Ticket

Buy your Discover Pass before you head out for Labor Day weekend recreation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched a video campaign featuring a Sasquatch family to remind people that a Discover Pass is required when visiting Washington state-managed recreation lands. The video is available at bit.ly/SquatchFamily.

The Discover Pass is a vehicle access pass required on all Washington state-managed recreation lands. The fine for not displaying a Discover Pass is $99.

An annual pass costs $35 (including transaction fees) and a one-day pass is $11.50.

The Discover Pass may be purchased:

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