The City of Longview has opened Columbia Heights Road to one lane of signal-controlled alternating two-way traffic.
Recent geotechnical information gathered from the slide location indicates that the land movement is localized and not likely to pose additional risk to surrounding areas or to the stability of Columbia Heights Road.
Based on the preliminary geotechnical findings, the City opened one lane of Columbia Heights Road to alternating two-way traffic. The City erected a temporary traffic signal system to allow a single lane of travel on Columbia Heights Road through the slide area. The traffic signal will control use of the single open lane, alternating between uphill and downhill traffic. The temporary signal will remain in place until construction begins for the permanent repair to the slide.
During this time, motorists can resume use of Columbia Heights Road for through traffic. Motorists are advised to obey the traffic signal and stop where indicated until they receive a green signal indicating they have the right of way to proceed through the slide area. In order to avoid delays, motorists are still advised to use alternate routes for accessing the upper section of Columbia Heights Road via Laurel Road and Glenwood Road/Virginia Way off Pacific Way, or Nevada Drive off Westside Highway.
The City will continue to complete the geotechnical investigation, design the slide repair, and hire a contractor to construct the repair. Construction is anticipated to begin in about two months and take several weeks to complete. During construction, Columbia Heights Road will again be closed to through traffic to accommodate the contractor’s activities.
The City is requesting your continued patience with traffic impacts to Columbia Heights Road and all of the alternate routes until the slide can be repaired.
The City will post additional information regarding the closure as it becomes available, on its website at www.mylongview.com
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