Summer Road Work on White Pass

WSDOT NEWS RELEASE -- MORTON – Tent? Check. Barbecue? Check. Backpack full of patience? Probably a good idea.

Drivers planning to take US 12 between Morton and Yakima this summer should prepare for delays as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) starts the first of three projects to make travel on US 12 safer and smoother.

More than 4,000 vehicles travel US 12 east of Morton every day. That number increases to about 5,800 on the weekends as drivers head for recreation areas in east Lewis and west Yakima counties.

US 12 – White Pass – Slope Stabilization project

Starting today, drivers just west of White Pass (mileposts 143 to 154.5) can expect single-lane traffic with flaggers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, as WSDOT contractor Janod Inc. of Dorian, Quebec, begins construction on a slope stabilization project.

Contractor crews will remove loose rock and other debris from the slope above US 12 and install rock anchor bolts and wire mesh slope protection fencing to protect drivers from potential rockfalls onto the highway.

The $3.1 million project is one of 11 slope stabilization projects WSDOT is delivering along a 25-mile section of US 12. It is scheduled for completion in October.

Two US 12 paving projects

WSDOT is paving multiple sections of US 12 this summer with two projects between Morton and the east side of White Pass (mileposts 102 to 159).

Starting in July, drivers between Morton and Randle (mileposts 102 to 119) can expect single-lane traffic and 20-minute delays while crews with Granite Construction Company remove and repave aging asphalt pavement.

Drivers can expect similar delays for a second paving project to replace badly deteriorated pavement along an 18-mile section of US 12 between Packwood and Rimrock Lake (mileposts 142 to 159), including paving over the summit of White Pass. This project is scheduled for construction in July or August.