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.