Funding dispute closes West Valley Hwy indefinitely

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 10:22 AM

ALGONA, Wash. -- Three months after a landslide wiped out a portion of the West Valley Highway near Algona, there is still no estimated time of reopening the route near Ellingson Road.

It isn't the debris that's the problem. It’s the funding.

The center line of the highway is the divider between King County and the City of Algona. Both sides still cannot come up with a funding solution to decide who is responsible for fixing the road. County officials say they've cleaned the slide, but with steep budget cuts there is no money to repair the road.

The highway is also closed north of Ellingson Road because of a new sinkhole. Those two incidents, along with a separate landslide above the highway on Algona Hill road, and drivers have few options.
West Valley Highway is a popular alternate to Highway 167, but Algona drivers who tried to get on the highway Tuesday had to make a U-turn.

County and city officials say talks are ongoing, and the City of Pacific may get involved with an agreement as well.

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