If you’re traveling between Kelso and Castle Rock, your route options are pretty limited, as road closures remain in place, some indefinitely. West Side Highway remains closed near Hazel Dell Road, after a mud and debris slide came down across the road yesterday morning. Around 8 yesterday morning, mud and trees came down onto the road north of Lexington, covering both lanes of the road, and causing a power outage. Those repairs have been made, but the Washington Department of Transportation is expressing concern about the long-term stability of this slope. Geotechnical engineers from WashDOT will be investigating the slope, and will determine if additional work is needed before the highway can re-open. Northbound traffic on West Side Highway is being detoured to I-5 via Sparks Drive, while southbound traffic is being directed to I-5 through PH 10 Road and Huntington Avenue in Castle Rock. This closure will remain in place indefinitely.
Wren Loop Road is also closed at this time, as the county has discovered that the road was undercut and severely damaged during this last event. County officials say that it’s possible that this road could be closed for the entire winter. Traffic is being detoured onto Delameter Road or Sandy Bend Road.
North Pacific Avenue is also not an option this morning, as that road remains closed by high water between Walnut Acres Road and Headquarters Road. Cowlitz County Public Works officials say that they’re continuing to pump water out of that area, and expect that work to continue until around noon today. Contact Cowlitz County Public Works at 577-3030 if you have other questions.