Ahead of schedule, State Route 20 is now back open for travelers through the Rockport area.
Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation spent the last month reinforcing the hillside above the highway, drilling into the hillside and inserting long metal rods to reduce the chance of future rock fall.
We had expected the highway to reopen this Friday, but crews wrapped up things early. With the hill stabilized, they removed all the large rocks, trees and debris from the highway, making it safe and passable once again.
The initial rockslide occurred the night of June 10, dumping about 150 cubic yards of debris onto both lanes of the highway. By morning, more rocks had fallen, and crews estimated there was about 1,000 cubic yards of debris - about 70 dump truck loads - covering both lanes of the highway.
During the closure, travelers have been detouring via SR 530 between Rockport and Marblemount.