Both lanes on Lewis River Road (State Route 503) east of Woodland will reopen Friday evening, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The highway has been closed since a March 13 rockslide explosed an unstable rock face above the roadway near Speelyai Bay Road. Crews have since removed more than 1,600 truckloads of material from the area and stabilized the hillside with anchor bolts, according to WSDOT.
“We understand how much construction has affected folks who rely on SR 503,” WSDOT project engineer Lori Figone said in a press release. “Stabilization of the cliff above the highway requires careful and deliberate work, and we appreciate the patience from the traveling public throughout the project.”
When dry weather returns, crews will repave the highway and finish landscape work on the $3.5 million emergency repair project.
Until then, travelers should expect rough road conditions near the slide area.