While there are still several challenges to work through, there is a good chance SR 20 will reopen mid-July with one-way alternating traffic.
The Loup Loup Pass was closed in April due to severe storm-related damage on several sections of roadway. The DOT’s project engineer, Dan Lewis described the scope of work.
“They’ve been up there since about the middle of April and working six days a week trying to get all these locations repaired,” Lewis said. “It’s a huge amount of work and continually changing as we get different rain events or different locations fail or get damaged at different times. We’re thinking on our toes alot but KRCI has been great to work with.”
It’s been a team effort. Lewis said they have received help from the U.S. Forest Service as well, as part of the highway is located on their property. East Wenatchee-based KRCI Construction is doing the work.
“At least they’ll be able to get through the pass. It will really help the locals and the commuters who use this pass on a daily basis to travel between the Okanogan and up to the Twisp and Winthrop area,” Lewis said. “We’re hoping [to open] sometime in the first or second week of July.”
Lewis says during the closure motorists can use Highway 153 as an alternate route.