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Chumstick Highway - More TLC Please

August 11, 2014

This fire season has brought our region many firsts, from the largest wildfire in state history, to a loss of over 300 homes. One element of fire season, specifically here in the Wenatchee Valley, that remains the same year after year, is road detours, specifically over the Chumstick Highway. And it’s not even fire season that necessitates that detour – heavy snow can close Highway 2 through the Tumwater and transplant cars and trucks onto the Chumstick. However, that highway was never built to handle such traffic. For a look at Chelan County Public Work’s continued efforts to keep the Chumstick up to snuff, Dan Langager sat down with their director Mitch Reister.