DOT Crews Blast Away Hwy 971 Rockslide

Hwy 971 blasting photo courtesy WSDOT

They were having a blast at Lake Chelan this week, but probably not the way you would think. WSDOT Crews were slowed by rain earlier in the week but today they were reportedly hauling away debris left over from blasting activity on Wednesday. WSDOT uses explosives to break apart the larger car-size boulders that tumbled down onto the roadway last week.

The DOT reports in a Facebook post that crews were working with a timeline of reopening the highway sometime Friday afternoon.

The highway was blocked between MP 9 and 11 last Thursday afternoon when the wall of rocks collapsed. The slope is near where another slide closed the highway last year. Navarre Coulee Road is the alternate route for traffic uplake from the closure.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.