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SR 504 at Bear Creek Closes Temporarily Due to Snow

Date:  Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Contact: Sam Arola, Area Maintenance Supervisor, (360) 442-1342 (Kelso)
Sylvia Ross, WSDOT Communications, (360) 905-2058 (Vancouver)

CASTLE ROCK – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed State Route 504 (Spirit Lake Highway) today, January 29, starting by Bear Creek, at mile post 34, due to heavy snowfall over the last 24 hours. The closure will remain in place until WSDOT is able to safely clear the road and re-establish safe passage.

Crews are unable to plow beyond mile post 34 at this time, because there is no room to plow the accumulating snow without significantly narrowing the road, making it unsafe and impassable.

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

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