UPDATE: Westbound I-82 between Yakima and Selah has fully reopened and the bridge has been repaired. Original story below:

If you think your morning commute sucks, then make sure you avoid I-82 between Yakima and Selah at milepost 31. This area has already come under scrutiny many times in the past for the congestion the interchange can cause, but with work underway, it’s causing quite a headache, and commuters are not happy at all!

From a post on Yakima Scan’s Facebook Page from June 14th:

The two right westbound lanes on i-82 between Yakima and Selah (milepost 31) over the Yakima River Bridge are closed until further notice.” – Yakima Scan.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, during a routine inspection, crews found an area under the bridge that needed immediate repairs.

It has been advised to avoid the area, but if you have to travel through it, the left-lane westbound lane is open and takes you into Selah, or you can merge right into the westbound I-82 towards Ellensburg. Oversize loads are prohibited, and delays are expected.


Some have reported delays upwards to 45 minutes, backing up all the way to the Nob Hill Blvd exit. Others have complained how there was not enough notice about the closure. A suggestion for next time is to have the WSDOT app for future construction and traffic alerts.

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As of this writing, there is no time frame for when construction work will be completed.

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