LEAVENWORTH — Honk your alpenhorn if you love detours.
Highway 2 through Tumwater Canyon will close for nearly six days beginning Sunday night, forcing traffic to detour from this Bavarian town along the Chumstick Highway to Cole’s Corner.
The closure will allow state Department of Transportation crews to replace the Drury Canyon Creek Bridge, about 7 miles west of Leavenworth in Tumwater Canyon.
The road will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday until noon Friday. A signed detour from Highway 2 between Leavenworth and Coles Corner using Highway 207 and Chumstick Highway is expected to add about 15 minutes to the trip.
From Leavenworth, outdoor enthusiasts will be allowed access into Tumwater Canyon for about 5 miles, or as far as The Alps candy store, said a DOT press release. From Coles Corner, hikers and climbers will be allowed access as far as Tumwater Campground and Hatchery Creek.
Trucks weighing more than 28,000 pounds and longer than 30 feet are prohibited on Chumstick Highway. They’ll need to detour along Highway 97 over Blewett Pass and Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass instead of using Highway 2.
The closure is part of the final stage of an $8.1 million project to replace three bridges in or near Tumwater Canyon.
The 22-foot-long bridge at Drury Creek was built in 1937 in steep terrain that requires the highway’s closure for replacement.