State Route 206 near Mt. Spokane Ski Resort closed due to flooding - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

State Route 206 near Mt. Spokane Ski Resort closed due to flooding

SPOKANE, Wash.- Water cascading through small creek tributaries washed out a section of State Route 206 on Mt. Spokane late Sunday.  Some parts of the roadway have had the fill under the asphalt fully washed away, creating a very dangerous situation.

State Route 206 is now closed from just below the State Park gates to the summit.  Residents who live above the closure will not be able to cross the damaged area on SR 206.  There are no detour routes available.

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WSDOT maintenance and engineering crews surveyed the damaged area and are preparing to set up for emergency repairs.  A contractor will excavate and place a temporary culvert pipe across the highway just down the hill slightly from the location of the current pipe that has been overwhelmed by the heavy runoff.  These temporary repairs will allow local traffic to resume through the damaged area on a gravel surface.  A full repair and pavement restoration will be completed later this summer.

Special agreements have been put into place with the Washington State Parks Department that oversees Mt. Spokane State Park as the repair area extends across the park boundary.

The WSDOT is also working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other regulatory agencies on the necessary notifications.

Water Restrictions

East Shoshone County Water District is asking all of its customers in Mullan, Wallace, Silverton and Burke areas to not use any outside water.   Turn off autoatic sprinkling systems until flood waters subside and we are able to keep up with the demand.   Use water for domestic purposes only.   This notice is effective immediately and until flood waters subside.


WSDOT Regional Administrator Keith Metcalf has declared an emergency for this local event.  "This allows us to bring in a contractor to speed repairs and provide access for local residents that live above the damaged area," he said.  "Engineers are meeting with a contractor late this afternoon (Monday, May 19) to look at detailed emergency repair needs.  It is hoped that repairs on the damaged highway can begin tomorrow and reopen to traffic as soon as the roadway is safe." 


 

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