US 12 closed overnight for blastingPosted: Updated:
NACHES – WSDOT will close US 12 tonight, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. tomorrow. They will be blasting a rock outcropping adjacent to the highway.
"The overnight closure for blasting activities, although inconvenient for travelers, will allow crews to safely bring down the rock and clear it from the highway. The closure zone will keep traffic at a safe distance," said Paul Gonseth, WSDOT Project Engineer.
During the designated closure hours, all westbound through traffic will be required to turn around or wait at the Oak Creek Elk Feeding Station. Local and recreational westbound traffic can drive as far as Windy Point campground.
During the designated closure hours, all eastbound through traffic will be required to turn around or wait at the White Pass summit. Local and recreational eastbound traffic can drive as far as Rimrock Retreat.
Special arrangements have been made for emergency service vehicles.
I-90 Snoqualmie Pass and US 97 Satus Pass to I-84 in Oregon are the recommended alternate routes. Drivers traveling these routes should prepare for winter driving conditions: allow more travel time, carry chains, on ice and snow - take it slow.
SR 123 Cayuse Pass and SR 410 Chinook Pass have been closed for the season due to heavy snow and avalanche danger.