OTHELLO, Wash. – A months‑long project on State Route 26 has ended, and the popular route to Seattle from Pullman is now open.

The deck replacement project began Oct. 15 and was expected to take six weeks. The contractor, N.A. Degerstrom Inc., initially hoped to finish the $1.2 million project by Nov. 21, but the new concrete bridge deck and rails could not be poured and cured following delays due to permitting and weather.

Traffic between Colfax and Vantage no┬álonger needs to use the 32‑mile detour through Connell.

More information about the project see the Washington Department of Transportation website.