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Five-day closure of US 97 over Blewett Pass for culvert work starts Sept. 9

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:20

Jeff Adamson, communications, 509-667-2815

Alternate routes include US 2, I-90, SR 28 and SR 281

WENATCHEE — Travelers who use US 97 over Blewett Pass need to plan now for an extended closure of the highway next week.

Beginning at 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, the road will close for five days while contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation replace three culverts under the highway.

US 97, which provides a link between Interstate 90 and US 2, will reopen in time for weekend travel at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

There is no detour on US 97 around the work zones and travelers must choose an alternate route.  WSDOT expects most people heading east or west across the Cascades to choose US 2 Stevens Pass or I-90 Snoqualmie Pass. For those traveling north or south of the closure, an alternate route might include State Route 28 from US 2/97 at Wenatchee to Quincy, and SR 281 at Quincy to I-90 at George. Expect higher traffic volumes on those routes.

Culvert replacement work

The current culverts under the highway are undersized and either create flooding issues or obstruct trout and salmon spawning. Two box culverts will be installed over tributaries of Tronsen Creek, and 5 Mile Creek north of the summit. A third culvert will be replaced at Swauk Creek.

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