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SR 504 to Coldwater Visitor Center Reopens on Thursday, March 20

Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2008

Contact: Sam Arola, Area Maintenance Supervisor, (360) 442-1342 (Kelso)
Annie Linstrom, WSDOT Communications, (360) 601-1760 (Vancouver)

CASTLE ROCK – Section of State Route 504 (Spirit Lake Highway) from mile post 34 to mile post 43 reopened to traffic Thursday, March 20, announces the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The highway closed on January 29, due to heavy snowfall and debris on the roadway just east of Bear Creek at milepost 34. WSDOT maintenance hopes to have additional two miles of road, up to Coldwater Creek, reopened by the end of next week.

In January, maintenance crews were unable to plow beyond Bear Creek due to rapidly accumulating snow and narrowing of the roadway, Crews were no longer able to keep the roadway open because there was no room for the stacking the massive amounts of plowed snow.

Crews cleared the road and re-established a safe passage through this section of highway, successfully reopening SR 504 to traffic once again. Crews will continue snow removal operations as needed, and ask that motorists drive with caution where plows are present.

WSDOT closes a portion of SR 504 every winter, at Coldwater Creek, mile post 45, due to hazardous snow and icy conditions and the possibility of avalanches in some areas. It reopens in the spring after it is determined that no more significant snowfall will occur.

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: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Regions/SouthWest/Construction/default.htm. It is updated every Friday for the following week’s impacts.         

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