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Westbound SR 18 to close this weekend for landslide repairs

Repairs will address damage caused by heavy rains in February.

Editor's note: The above video ran on Feb. 5, 2020.

Parts of westbound State Route 18 will close this weekend from 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6 to noon Tuesday, March 10 so Washington State Department of Transportation crews can repair damage from a slide caused by last month's wet weather.

The heavy rain storms in early February partially washed out the shoulder about 1.5 miles west of the Tiger Summit Trailhead between Interstate 90 and Issaquah-Hobart Road.

Travelers can detour via westbound I-90, Interstate 405 and State Route 167 or Interstate 5.

“We know this will be an inconvenience for people who rely on this important route between Snoqualmie Pass and south King County or Tacoma,” WSDOT posted on its blog. “This relatively quick restoration allows us to preserve the highway and avoid a major problem should more of the hill slide away from under the roadbed before we can fix it.”

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