Crews work to reopen one lane of US 2 west of Stevens Pass before Thanksgiving

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Transportation crews are scrambling to reopen one lane of traffic on U.S. Highway 2 between Skykomish and Stevens Pass before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Heavy rainfall from Tuesday's storm washed away a significant amount soil that supports the foundation of a small bridge near Skykomish, forcing the closure of a 15-mile stretch west of Stevens Pass.

Contractors are beginning work on Friday so that at least one lane of traffic can open before the busy holiday weekend.

The east-west route carries about 5,000 vehicles each day.

The repairs could cost up to $500,000.