A 44-year-old Centralia man was airlifted Tuesday morning (July 9) to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after the Ford Ranger pickup he was driving collided with a deer on Highway 153, south of Twisp. The truck, driven by Jose Garcia Salguero, collided with a leaping deer around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday while driving northbound, about 4 […]
For brief periods earlier this month, the Methow Valley was left with no way in or out after mudslides and flooding made highways impassable.
The valley was isolated only temporarily, but access remains problematic with Highway 20 buried under snow over the North Cascades and under extensive repairs over Loup Loup Pass for several weeks.
By Don Nelson The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working on plans for rebuilding the supporting columns on four bridges over the Methow River on Highway 153 this summer. The “structure rehabilitation project” will affect bridges at mileposts 13.45, 15.51, 16.85 and 18.91. The last two are at the north and south entrances […]
A major slide of mud and rocks about 1 mile south of Black Canyon closed state Highway 153 early Sunday (March 6) after heavy rain fell overnight. Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) were on scene Sunday morning clearing debris and water from the roadway at three sites.
The most serious slide was about 1 mile south of Black Canyon, where a culvert became plugged and …
WSDOT crews at scene; working to install temporary culvert By Marcy Stamper A major slide of mud and rocks about 1 mile south of Black Canyon closed state Highway 153 early Sunday (March 6) after heavy rain fell overnight. Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) were on scene Sunday morning clearing debris […]
By Ann McCreary
A judge has ruled that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) can acquire a small piece of private property through condemnation to complete repairs to flood-damaged Highway 153 at Benson Creek. The property …
By Ann McCreary and Laurelle Walsh
A 4-foot diameter culvert installed this summer to contain runoff from the Leecher Creek drainage became plugged with mud and debris brought down by rain Thursday afternoon (Dec. 11) and sent water over State Highway 153 again. The culvert was installed after …
By Ann McCreary
State transportation officials estimate it will take another three weeks to complete highway repairs that resumed last week on state Highway 153 south of Twisp and on Highway 20 west of Loup Loup Pass. The repair work came to a halt in mid-October when a …
By Ann McCreary
Temporary repairs to the Methow River bridge on Highway 153 at Carlton will remain in place throughout the winter, while engineers design a permanent repair that will be completed in the spring. Cracks were discovered in two of the bridge’s supporting columns during a …
By Ann McCreary State transportation officials will take condemnation proceedings to court to acquire property from Patrick Fitzgerald, who lives at the mouth of Benson Creek where flash flooding destroyed a section of Highway 153 last summer. Fitzgerald has objected to the way the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) repaired the highway after intense […]