Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews continued work today to clear a rock slide that occurred on Thursday morning, Feb. 18 on SR 971/ S. Lakeshore Rd at milepost 11. Crews are able to clear parts of the road, bits at a time.
WSDOT used explosives to blast more rock on Saturday, Feb. 20 around 1 p.m. in an effort to continue to stabilize the slide area and break rocks into more manageable pieces.
“Our guys are working their tails off over here and doing the best we can,” said Jeremy Avery from WSDOT. “We’re finding such big rocks and are moving yards and yards of it.”
Avery said clearing the rock is the main objective, but that the road surface underneath is another main concern.
“We aren’t sure what the condition the road is in underneath yet, so we’ll have a geo-technician out here from Olympia on Monday morning to look at it and give us a better idea of when the road could open,” Avery said.
WSDOT will continue blasts tomorrow (Sunday) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and ask that any boat traffic stay on the Manson side of the lake.
“We were delayed in blasting today because of some boat traffic that we had to clear away from the area, so we just ask that people stay away during blasting so we don’t waste any time,” Avery said. “We’re doing the best we can here.”
Avery said he did not want to give an estimate on when the road would reopen until the geo-technician had a chance to look at the road surface on Monday.