CATHLAMET - Drivers planning their schedules around 45-minute full closures of Washington State Route 4 near Cathlamet (milepost 39) can breathe easier today as crews on a rockfall prevention project completed scaling work Tuesday night, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.
Drivers can expect intermittent single lane closures and 15-minute delays for the next three weeks while crews button up final construction activities.
Crews used seven days of 45-minute closures to remove loose rock and debris from the slope above SR 4, helping stabilize the slope and improve safety for 3,400 daily drivers.
The Washington State Department of Transportation's contractor, Janod Inc., used two scaling crews to tackle the slope, completing work quickly and minimizing impacts to drivers.
The $380,000 SR 4, Four Miles East of Cathlamet rock scaling project is funded through state highway improvement dollars and is expected to be complete in June.