Crews remove debris Thursday from the shoulder of the westbound lane of U.S. Route 12 three miles east of White Pass. The highway has been closed since Oct. 1, when a portion of the eastbound lane and shoulder washed out.
YAKIMA -- The state Transportation Department says it's reopening one lane of Highway 12 near White Pass at 3 p.m. Friday.Spokeswoman Summer Derry in Yakima said drivers will be directed through the washout area by portable lights and should expect periodic closures as work continues.A contractor hopes to restore two lanes of travel before winter. A permanent repair will have to wait until spring.After heavy weekend rain, a 500-foot section along the highway gave way Tuesday three miles east of the White Pass summit. A 45-mile stretch of highway between Packwood and Naches was closed.