ONE LANE OF U.S. 2 NEAR MONEY CREEK CAMPGROUND TO CLOSE December 06, 2015
MAP shows where one lane of US 2 will be closed. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(SKYKOMISH, WA.) -- The Wash. State Dept. of Transportation says one lane of US Highway 2 near Money Creek Campground will be closed during the daylight hours Monday Dec. 7 to Tues. Dec. 8 for emergency guardrail work. Flaggers will alternate traffic in the open lane.
The closure is just a few miles east of Skykomish. This stretch of US 2 carries up to 9,000 vehicles per day on the weekend and 5,000 during the week.
WSDOT contractor crews are working to rebuild a guardrail west of Skykomish near the west end of the tunnel at milepost 45. The South Fork Skykomish River eroded the bank in November, undermining the guardrail. Crews are reinforcing the bank with heavy rock.
The bank eroded due to significant rainfall from a storm on Nov. 17 that pushed many area rivers above flood stage. The high and fast moving water contributed to the river bank eroding.
The storm also caused a significant amount of erosion underneath a bridge's foundation six miles east of Skykomish at milepost 54.
The creek washed away a large amount of material that supported the southeastern half of the bridge. To keep drivers safe, WSDOT closed the bridge to all traffic except emergency vehicles.
WSDOT contractor crews used bridge jacks to stabilize the bridge before replacing the missing soil with concrete.