Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 22, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close both directions of State Route 7 between La Grande and Alder to remove trees, rocks and brush adjacent to the highway.
The road closure will take place each day between mileposts 23 and 25, Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. A signed detour through Eatonville using Sate Route 161 and the Alder Cutoff Road East will be provided. The contractor will reopen this section of State Route 7 to traffic during overnight and early morning hours.
For the safety of the crews and the traveling public, this work must be done during daylight hours, according to the WSDOT.
What this means for travelers:
• Drivers heading to Alder Lake and Mount Rainier National Park on SR 7 during weekdays this summer and fall will want to plan for extra travel time.
• During daytime hours, drivers will follow a 10-mile detour that adds approximately 10 minutes of travel time through Eatonville using SR 161 and the Alder Cutoff Road East.
• Each Friday, SR 7 may have alternating one-way traffic from 6 a.m. to noon, controlled by flaggers. To ease congestion for weekend travelers, all lanes will be open from noon Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.
• Local access on SR 7 will be provided up to where crews are working.
On Thursday, July 25, the contractor will not begin the full closure of State Route 7 until 10 a.m. This is an effort to accommodate riders participating in RAMROD 2019 who use State Route 161 and the Alder Cutoff Road.