Crews working on the Klickitat County paving project will close a narrow section of State Route 142 east of Wahkiakus from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20, for a second day of chip sealing work.
Motorists will still be allowed through this area, known as Bowman Grade, during construction, but they should expect up to two-hour delays.
The second day of work is necessary so that crews can place a final layer of chip seal on this section of SR 142 between mileposts 19 and 23. The delays are due to the fact that crews will need to take up almost the entire 18-foot wide section of the highway at this location, which will not allow room for cars to travel around them.
During the closure, motorists will be stopped in both directions until the construction crews have finished working on a section of the roadway, which may take up to two hours. Then motorists will be allowed through one direction at a time. Those that do not want to wait for this length of time should seek alternate routes around this section of SR 142.
Advance warning signs and electronic message boards, along with project flagging personnel, will be located at all logical alternate route connections on both sides of the closure area to help advise motorists about the delays and their options for getting around the closure.