Collision, road work snarl Highway 12

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WALLA WALLA — A collision between hay trucks snarled traffic on U.S. Highway 12 this morning, compounding traffic slowdowns brought on by road maintenance work.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the collision happened at 8:30 a.m. about two miles east of Wallula Junction, where the road intersects with State Route 730.

No injuries were reported, but the accident left hay all over the roadway and closed the highway in both directions, according to a WSP dispatcher and the Washington state Department of Transportation’s website.

Drivers have also been experiencing delays and slowdowns in the area due to crack-sealing work that is in preparation for the WSDOT’s annual chip-sealing highway resurfacing program.

The work zone covered about five miles of the roadway from Wallula Junction to near the west end of Nine Mile Hill. The work began Monday and is expected to be finished today, according to WSDOT.

Moe Davari, WSDOT project engineer, said that repairs to the deck of the bridge over the Walla Walla River are also scheduled to begin soon. That work will be done at night to minimize traffic disruptions.

The chip-sealing program will continue through the summer and into the fall, according to WSDOT.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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