Latest SR-166 repair work begins

Work to stabilize a slope along State Route 166 near Gorst is reportedly underway, although the highway might not open until next week, according to Washington State Department of Transportation officials.

The WSDOT said the contractor, Scarsella Bros., was scheduled to begin work Monday after several trees that are overhanging the slope are removed.

The work is expected to take several days.

Port Orchard Maintenance Supervisor Joyce Komac said this week’s work will be a “quick fix,” and will include removing all the dirt that did not come down in the Jan. 7 mudslide, which dumped tons of mud and at least one tree onto the road shortly before 1 a.m.

Once the dirt is removed from the hillside, Komac said rocks will be added to prevent further slides.

“They’re going to be scraping off the hillside,” Komac said, explaining that that while much of the soil near the road is already gone, DOT engineers were concerned about some “large cracks up above.”

Once the “smaller” fix is completed, Komac said officials will begin to plan more extensive repairs for the area.

The 2.5-mile section of SR-166 has been closed for more than a week, and will remain so until further notice.

A detour is in place that diverts traffic up Port Orchard Boulevard to Tremont Street, and then to State Route 16.

During a five-week-long closure of the same stretch between July and August of 2004, approximately 180,000 cubic yards of material was removed from Ross Point in $3.2-million fix.

Two small slides occurred in the section after the repairs, one a couple months later in October, and one the following January.

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