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Local News: SR4 opens one lane as landslide cleanup continues

Local News: SR4 opens one lane as landslide cleanup continues

A single lane of State Route 4 west of Skamokawa, WA, reopened Feb. 8 after a landslide closed the highway Jan. 23.

Traffic will alternate through the area using the eastbound lane. The westbound lane will remain closed while Washington State Department of Transportation crews work to remove approximately 50,000 cubic yards of debris and stabilize the hillside.

“A long-term fix could take months,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Joanna Lowrey. 

Travelers on both directions of the highway will alternate through a single lane around the clock with a temporary traffic signal until the project is complete.

For safety, the speed limit through the area is reduced to 25 mph.

Travelers may encounter intermittent extended delays of up to 20 minutes, while crews continue work to stabilize the hillside.

The Puget Island-Westport Ferry has resumed normal operating schedules and fees. When the slide blocked the highway completely, the ferry operated 24/7 for free.