ARTIC – Washington State Department of Transportation crews have completed repairs on a slide-prone 200-foot-section of US 101 near Artic, restoring two-way traffic to the area. The repairs were completed with compressed gravel, which will require that a temporary 25 mph speed reduction remain in place until further notice.
This section of highway is located on top of an active landslide and has a history of pavement settlement. Previously, WSDOT installed a culvert into the hillside to divert water away from the road. Despite efforts to reduce land movement, the slide continues to move and disrupt the highway surface. Patching and paving efforts, seen as only temporary repairs by WSDOT, will continue until funds for a permanent repair can be identified.