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US 101 Simpson Avenue bridge repairs done in record time

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Date:  Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Contact: Claudia Bingham Baker , WSDOT communications, 360-357-2789 (Tumwater)

HOQUIAM – The US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge has reopened to two lanes of traffic following a short closure while crews repaired damage caused by impact with a vehicle.

The incident began about 7:30 a.m. today when the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office alerted WSDOT maintenance crews about impact damage to a structural beam on the bridge’s portal. Crews immediately closed one lane of the bridge, assessed damage and contacted WSDOT bridge engineers. The engineers arrived promptly on scene and determined that a damaged portion of beam needed to be removed and a new structural beam needed to be installed.

Over the next 11 hours, maintenance and bridge crews worked in unison to set up a detour using the Riverside Bridge, close both lanes of the Simpson Avenue Bridge, remove the damaged beam, install a new beam and disassemble the detour route. The bridge reopened to traffic at about 6:30 p.m.

Construction crews are also working on the bridge in a separate effort to reinforce piers. That work is unrelated to, and unaffected by, today’s repairs.

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