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Posted on: September 26, 2023

McNeil Canyon Road Closed to Vehicles Weighing Over 10,000 pounds

A screenshot of a aerial view map of McNeil Canyon Road

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, McNeil Canyon Road in Douglas County, Washington, closed to the operation of motor vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds. The closure is from the intersection of Rd. C NW (SR 172) and Rd. 14 NW (SR 172) and Beebe Bridge on US Hwy 97. The closure is due to road condition concerns, redesign, construction, and accidents caused by vehicle equipment failure. 

Local Access Special Permit for Vehicles Exceeding 10,000 Pounds

At a public hearing on September 19, 2023, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance to enact a new Local Access Special Permit for vehicles exceeding 10,000 pounds in weight to regain use of McNeil Canyon Road. Interested drivers can access the Special Motor Vehicle Permit online, or in person at the Public Services Building located at 140 19th Street NW in East Wenatchee. Most permits can be issued on the same day if the applicant can provide the necessary information.

Alternate Routes

Affected vehicles without a permit during the McNeil Canyon Road closure can use three alternate routes, including US Hwy 2 Pine Canyon Road, Road C NW (SR 172), and Bridgeport Hill Road.

Project Information

The closure to vehicles exceeding 10,000 pounds in weight allows for Douglas County crews to complete topography analysis, roadway curve design and evaluation of the necessary right-of-way acquisitions needed for a planned roadway realignment and safety improvement project on McNeil Canyon Road, anticipated to be complete by 2025. 

Visit the McNeil Canyon Road Realignment page for more information about the project.

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