Memorial Day weekend road trip in Washington state? See closed roads, bridges and passes

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Washington State Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to check in ahead of road trips this Memorial Day weekend for road and mountain pass closure information. You can get the entire list of closures and delays of road, bridges and mountain passes on the WSDOT’s website.

“Despite the gas prices, we expect to see a lot of people taking road trips Memorial Day weekend,” noted the WSDOT in a Reddit post. In particular, there are some disruptions on popular routes and frequently-used mountain passes.

SR 20 North Cascades Highway

A portion of the popular SR 20 North Cascades Highway is closed west of the pass just between Marblemount and Newhalem because of huge cracks in the road. The small section of the highway is using one alternating lane and a temporary traffic signal to steer traffic. The location is also staffed with a WSDOT worker to keep traffic timing moving Monday through Friday, but it will not be staffed over the weekend. Plan on some delays if you are passing this way.

Repairs to the cracked road - which are a result of winter flooding, freezing and then thawing - are scheduled to begin in June.

SR 109 between Hoquiam and Ocean Shores

If you’re heading out toward the coast for the weekend, SR 109 just between Hoquiam and Ocean Shores as you approach the Grass Creek Bridge, is down to one-way alternating traffic. The stretch of road between mileposts 6.3-6.5 also temporarily has a 25 mph speed limit.

WSDOT reports that it recently discovered that Grass Creek Bridge is in advanced stages of deterioration under the southbound section of the bridge, particularly the timber pilings. The agency is currently working on a plan to make repairs, and is advising vehicles to drive extremely slowly and cautiously. Those with loads above 200,000 pounds should find an alternate route.

SR 112 milepost 32

State Route 112 at milepost 32 near Jim Creek remains closed due to a landslide that began in late 2021. Drivers should detour via US 101 and SR 113.

Snoqualmie Pass

There are no reported closures or delays on Snoqualmie Pass this weekend. You can view the pass in real time via camera and map with live updates. You can sign up for text message alerts for delays and closures by texting “468311” with the phrase “WSDOT Snoqualmie.” You can also follow updates on Twitter at @SnoqualmiePass.

For the entire state, you can also view real-time incident reports and alerts on the WSDOT website by filtering for closures and delays. The WSDOT also posts alerts and updates on its Twitter at @wsdot_passes. You can also call 511 for updates or listen to Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM.

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