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WSDOT: Ross Point needs more work

Construction crews will spend at least another week on the slide-prone section of Ross Point above State Route 166 in Port Orchard, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The reviving of the weeks-long project last year was ordered by WSDOT officials after a small slide occurred recently near the Port Orchard city limits at milepost 1.6.

WSDOT reports the slide was caused when debris that had not been removed last year became saturated.

On Monday, Wilder Construction of Olympia will begin excavating a small area of the slope above the roadway that runs adjacent to Sinclair Inlet between Port Orchard and Gorst.

For about a week, motorists should expect alternating one-way traffic and up to 15-minute delays during work hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Approximately 180,000 cubic yards of material was removed from Ross Point during a five-week-long SR-166 closure between July and August of last year, a project costing $3.2 million.

This is the second small slide that WSDOT has reported since the project was completed.

Another small mudslide closed State Route 166 through Gorst last October, when nearly 150 yards of soil tumbled onto the roadway.

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