A rare weekend road closure during the Washington State Fair could cause delays for commuters east of Puyallup this weekend.
The state Department of Transportation will close all lanes of a three-mile stretch on state Route 162 between Pioneer Way East and Old Military Road East from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
According to a news release from the DOT, a fair-time road closure is rare, but this one is necessary "as crews must take advantage of a slim timeframe to replace an aging culvert."
A six-mile detour will direct commuters from Pioneer Way to Shaw Road and 122nd Street East.
Crews working near Ball Creek will remove the highway surface and two two-foot culverts beneath it before installing a new, 12-foot concrete box culvert.
Crews will repave and reopen the highway after that work is complete, the release states.
“We try to keep highways open during special events like the Puyallup Fair,” said Olympic Region Administrator Kevin Dayton in the release. “We know it’s not ideal, but sometimes we have to plan our work around unique circumstances. We’re asking people to be understanding, to take other routes and plan for a little extra time to reach their destinations that weekend.”
More information on the road closure and a map of the detour can be found at wsdot.wa.gov.
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