WENATCHEE — The Central Washington Asphalt plant north of Wenatchee will be closed at least two more weeks while repairs are made after a fire last week that caused about $1 million in damage.
Investigators have not determined the cause of the blaze that consumed oil and diesel tanks at the asphalt batch plant along Highway 97A, about two miles north of Rocky Reach Dam, and emitted toxic smoke that prompted an air-hazard alert in the Wenatchee Valley.
Plant Manager Tyson Morris said today that damaged oil and fuel tanks have been replaced. But the fire also destroyed part of an asphalt burner, which must be rewired and repaired.
Meanwhile, Central Washington Asphalt is trucking in paving mix from its Moses Lake plant for a project in Tumwater Canyon this week.
But he said other projects, including paving the new Eastmont extension in East Wenatchee, will be delayed at least a week because of the fire.
About 50 employees who work at the Wenatchee asphalt plant are working at the company’s Ritzville plant until the repairs are completed, he said.