Effective immediately, the speed limit on a slide-prone section of US 101 south of Artic in Grays Harbor County has been reduced from 55 mph to 25 mph. Recent heavy rains caused earth movement and cracks to develop in the northbound lane, causing a 150 foot section of roadway to slump. The affected area, also known as Rock Crusher Hill, is between mileposts 72 and 73. This section of highway is located on top of an active landslide and has a history of pavement settlement.
Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews have installed signs to warn motorists to slow down as they drive through the area. The 25 mph speed limit will remain in effect until further notice.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic in the area while crews make temporary repairs to the roadway.
Meanwhile, WSDOT has received funding to design a permanent repair, however funding to construct a permanent fix has not been allocated.