Governor proclaims emergency to facilitate emergency road repairs

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OLYMPIA— Gov. Jay Inslee today proclaimed a state of emergency in five counties to facilitate emergency repairs to state and local roadways damaged by recent storms and slope erosion.

The proclamation allows the Washington Department of Transportation to seek emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration for repairs to damage that occurred November 25 to December 3. The governor signed the proclamation in Olympia Wednesday afternoon.

The storms caused more than $5 million in damage and require continued limited access or closure. Damaged roadways include:

  • State Route 542 Mount Baker Highway at mile post 29.9 with estimated erosion-caused damages of $3 million
  • Redondo Beach Parkway and boardwalk in Des Moines with estimated damages of $2 million
  • State Route 20 at mile post 90 with estimated damages of $50,000
  • Hoh River Road with estimated damages of $325,000

The emergency proclamation covers Clallam, Jefferson, King, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Media Contacts

Jaime Smith
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office

Mark Stewart
Washington Military Department