NASELLE — Extended drive times via a detour route will soon be a thing of the past for travelers who use State Route 401, also known and Lewis and Clark Trail Highway, between Naselle and Megler, in Pacific County.

On April 15, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Big River Excavating, finished construction of a temporary single-lane bypass road, restoring travel along SR 401.

The highway was closed Feb. 23, after several days of heavy rainfall deteriorated the roadway to the point of becoming a safety hazard.

As traffic alternates through a single lane bypass, work will continue to stabilize the adjacent slope and perform long-term repairs to the highway this summer.

With the opening of the temporary bypass road along SR 401, the Dismal Nitch Rest Area, east of the Astoria-Megler Bridge is now open.

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