Following the recent heavy rain, local roads saw even more damage with the loose soil, but there is no immediate concern.
Starting on Thursday, Washington State Department of Transportation crews began work on US 101, south of Cosmopolis. A crack developed due to the heavy rain and saturation, forcing WDOT to add aditional gravel to the roadway and reduce the speed. Cara Mitchell with WSDOT told KXRO that crews will be monitoring the condition through the winter.
“It will be something that is ongoing, that we’ll be watching, until the weather clears up and we can actually get another layer of asphalt out there.”
Mitchell says that as this stretch of road continues to see damage during strong storms, WSDOT will be installing sensors to monitor the soil movement. These sensors will be in place throughout the Winter and they will use this data to find what permanent fix is needed.
WSDOT crews also closed a portion of eastbound Highway 12 Saturday afternoon after a small crack developed in the right lane on the Bluff. According to Mitchell, local police called WSDOT about the issue, and crews were able to find a break in the weather to put down a patch to make the road more drivable.
“It’s an area that we have to patch year after year, and crews will be monitoring it for the next several days to make sure that it is nothing out of the ordinary.”
Local roads will continue to see damage during heavier storms due to the type of soil they are sitting on, and Mitchell says that adding these patches are “business as usual” on a yearly basis in some places.