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Major Debris Clean-Up Complete, SR 504 East of Kid Valley Opens to Traffic

Date:  Monday, April 02, 2007

Contact: Sam Arola, Area Maintenance Supervisor, (360) 442-1342 (Kelso)
               Sarah Druffel, WSDOT Communications, (360) 905-2079 (Vancouver)

CASTLE ROCK – State Route 504 reopened to both lanes of traffic April 1, announced the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The highway that had been closed after being covered with large trees and debris Monday, March 26 was re-opened Sunday afternoon.

Maintenance crews removed approximately 60 loads of tree roots, brush, mud and rock from the slide area. No further work is scheduled to take place this week. Some further debris cleanup will be required in the next few weeks; shoulder closures will be required during the remaining cleanup.

The highway was closed on March 26 after heavy rains and an already saturated slope caused the slope above SR 504 to slide. On March 29, WSDOT Maintenance crews began stabilizing the damaged area by working with the landowner to removed fallen trees and removing loose debris.

For weekly updates on this and all other state traffic impacts in the region, please visit the WSDOT Southwest Region Weekly Travel Advisory Web page: It is updated every Friday for the following week’s impacts. 


Drivers can now get real time traffic and weather information by dialing 5-1-1 from most phones. This new traveler information system builds upon the highly successful Washington State Highway hotline that managed 4.6 million calls each year. Callers can also use 5-1-1 to get statewide construction, mountain pass condition, and state ferry system information, as well as toll free numbers for passenger rail and airlines. TTY users can call 1-800-833-6388.

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