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Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Denys Tak, WSDOT project engineer, 800-545-1393 (toll-free)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-600-7824 (Vancouver)
Expect minor delays through work zone
BAY CENTER – Construction of a new bridge on US 101 at Bone River is shifting gears – and traffic – this week. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, crews will move drivers onto a temporary one-lane bridge just west of the existing highway and make way for the construction of a wider, safer crossing.
Moving traffic onto the temporary bridge means crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation can demolish the 77-year-old Bone River Bridge and start building a new, modern bridge. The traffic shift may be delayed if rain prevents crews from painting new lane stripes on US 101.
Drivers can expect a reduced speed limit of 25 mph and minor delays. An automated signal will alternate traffic over the temporary bridge until construction on the new bridge is complete in fall 2013.
Built in 1935, the existing Bone River Bridge doesn’t meet today’s structural, seismic or flood standards. The new, 36-foot-wide concrete bridge will be built to withstand coastal flooding and a 1,000-year earthquake event.
Crews will also remove more than 70 creosote-treated timber piles from Bone River and restore approximately 82 square feet of streambed.
The $8.8 million project is funded through the 2005 gas tax package and pre-existing state funds.
The Bone River Bridge is located on Willapa Bay, about three miles north of the Bay Center peninsula. It carries an average of 2,700 daily drivers.
Stay informed on construction-related traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts and construction update web pages.
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