Slide work delayed for a week

Due to heavy rains last week, Washington State Department of Transportation spokesman Lloyd Brown said work planned on the slide-prone section of Ross Point above State Route 166 in Port Orchard will begin Monday, rather than last week, as was originally planned.

Brown said although WSDOT officials ordered the latest work after a small slide — reportedly caused when debris that had not been removed last year became saturated — occurred recently near the Port Orchard city limits, the hillside held up well during the onslaught of rain earlier this week.

This 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 SR-166 through Gorst last October, when nearly 150 yards of soil tumbled onto the roadway.

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