Roads remain closed

Compiled by Katie Leithead
S-E Staff Reporter

Traffic is once again zipping along U.S. 395 between Colville and Kettle Falls now that water from Mill Creek is no longer spilling onto the roadway. Other roads remain off-limit because of the damaged acquired from heavy rain and snow melt, forcing travelers on detours.

The south end of Gold Creek Loop, near Corbett Creek Road on Monumental Mountain, will remain closed for some time as pavement continues to erode after the initial mudslide undermined the roadway.

Ferry County

In Ferry County, U.S. 395 south of Barstow collapsed due to water flow. Now traffic is being routed along Napoleon Road.

Gold Creek Bridge on Highway 21 S. in Ferry County was opened to one lane traffic as of 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Ferry County Public Works. Drivers are reminded to be patient and to use the stop signs on each side. For this bridge, which is only nine feet wide, the posted speed is 10 mph.

Gifford Ferry remains a viable option for travel as well.

Deadman Creek through mile post one and four is closed. The Ferry County Road Department has created a detour on Matsen Creek Road, however it will require four-wheel drive to use.

The Ferry County Road Department also opened a detour on Inchelium Highway last week after cracks in the roadway prevented safe travel.

“Road crews are continuing to work on the detour because the road is soft with all of the moisture,” noted Amy Rooker, Chief Civil Deputy for the Ferry County Sherriff’s Office.

More material will be laid on the new road to fortify it and make it safer for heavier vehicles to traverse, like school buses. This road is restricted to passenger vehicles only.

“We’re just trying to caution everyone to drive slow,” Rooker added.