This wasn't exactly how it was planned. But nonetheless, contractors working to repair a slide are on US 12, just west of the summit at White Pass, will have to keep the highway closed for several days and possibly through the weekend (Note: The roadway re-opened to traffic late Sunday, July 29).
This is very bad news for local residents. We are notifying local communities as best we can about the closure. But the road can't open with the unstable slope.
Even worse, SR 123 is closed due to rockslides that happened last winter that aren't repaired (see photo). That means major detours for people who have to get across White Pass this weekend.
We're sorry the inconvenience. But when we begin working on a slide repair like this one - even with the best pre-construction analysis - some times Mother Nature has a surprise.
Visit the project web site for more information. And check 5-1-1 on your telephone through the weekend in case workers - who will be working straight through until this is repaired - are able to finish ahead of their worst-case scenario.