A section of South Bank Road south of Elma that had been closed since mid-December because of a sinkhole has re-opened to one lane of traffic, the Grays Harbor County Public Services Department says.
The county hopes to have full two-way traffic restored to the section of road in about two months.
For now, stop signs have been placed at both ends of the one-lane section, allowing for alternating traffic in both directions.
A new culvert to replace the one that failed and caused the large sinkhole just east of Lambert Road is expected to arrive in about six weeks, the county said. At that time, the road will again close for approximately two weeks to install the culvert.
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The sinkhole developed after extended rain storms in early December. A detour was set up on local access roads after the sinkhole developed, but it was not suitable for log truck traffic or heavy hauling, county engineer Russ Esses said.