Updated at 4:40 p.m. Friday: Tumwater Canyon opened to traffic at 4 p.m., but drivers should expect some single lane closures and occasional delays this month as crews wrap up construction.
Crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation replaced the aging Drury Canyon Creek Bridge, which was showing significant wear on the bridge footings. The new bridge requires no footings in the creek and has a wider deck, with two 12-foot-wide lanes and 6-foot-wide shoulders.
Crews also built new turning lanes into the Tumwater Campground connections to two other new bridges and a separate project that improves flood control and eliminates a fish barrier where nearby Skinney Creek passes under US 2.
Work at Drury Canyon Creek is part of an $8.1 million project to replace three bridges on US 2, including the 100-year-old Wenatchee River “Green” Bridge and the Chiwaukum Creek Bridge. The two-year-long project is now in its final stage and expected to be complete this fall.
The new Wenatchee River and Chiwaukum Creek bridges were built alongside the existing bridges, so disruptions to drivers were minimal.
Updated at 1:30 p.m. Friday: The Washington Transportation Department is reopening Highway 2 near Leavenworth at 4 p.m. Friday — ahead of the scheduled noon Saturday reopening.
A 15-mile section through Tumwater Canyon has been closed for a week to replace the Drury Canyon Creek Bridge over the Wenatchee River.
State crews have been dealing with unstable soil. Earlier Friday, the transportation department predicted a noon Saturday opening, 24 hours later than first projected.
Passenger vehicles are able to use a detour route through the Chumstick Valley. But vehicles over 28,000 pounds or longer than 30 feet must detour to Highway 97 and I-90 to cross the Cascades.
Here’s a link to the department’s webpage on the project to replace a bridge over the Wenatchee River at Tumwater Canyon. The Drury bridge is part of the larger project.