Highway 2 reopens Saturday as crews stabilize neighboring hillsides 

Sep 23, 2022, 1:22 PM | Updated: Sep 24, 2022, 10:32 am

WSDOT reopens Highway 2...

WSDOT crews have reopened Highway 2 between Index-Galen Road and Becker Road after a post-corridor fire inspection. (WSDOT Traffic via Twitter)

(WSDOT Traffic via Twitter)

Highway 2 between Index and Skykomish reopened Saturday morning, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced.

State crews cut hundreds of trees in an effort to repair damage from the Bolt Creek fire to eliminate any threat of the massive arbors falling onto drivers.

James Poling, a spokesperson with WSDOT, told KIRO Newsradio burned trees were the greatest concern. He said there were trees up to four feet wide crashing onto the road, destabilizing the hillside and making it extremely dangerous for drivers.

“Those types of trees sometimes fell on their own,” he said. “They’d crash down 80, 90 feet, gathering speed down the hill.”

Poling said the conditions have been dangerous even for their skilled workers.

“It’s been a huge hazard for everybody working up there, and we’re very grateful for the work that they’ve done in these previous situations,” he said.

WSDOT says even after reopening, the project likely involves work through November.

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Highway 2 reopens Saturday as crews stabilize neighboring hillsides