The in basket: Highway 166 between Gorst and Port Orchard is well-known for having its hillsides slide down and cover the roadway, closing it to traffic for weeks or months.
But when I saw a crack develop in its pavement near Ross Creek recently, it took me back to the days, probably 20 years ago or longer, when the opposite happened.
Then the roadbed slid off toward the waters of Sinclair Inlet, dropping the pavement six feet or more. That, too, was a lengthy closure and required some innovative repair to make the restored roadbed as lightweight as possible.
That wasn’t the same location. It was around on the other side of Ross Point. But the similarities were great enough I asked what the state knew about the new crack.
The out basket: Duke Stryker, head of state highway maintenance crews here, said he’s not expecting anything nearly as catastrophic this time.
“The crack is from a small wash out on the westbound side of the highway,” he said, “as a result of the heavy rains we have experienced over the last several months. We had our licensed materials engineer out to (look at it). There is no immediate threat to the roadway or users.
“Our plan to is to armor the washout with quarry spalls and pull a grader patch over the settlement when the weather becomes more favorable,” he said. “We’ll be sealing up the crack for a temporary fix and
keeping an eye out for any additional movement.”