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US 97 bridge repair will detour highway traffic through Omak for 2 weeks in August

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:38

Jeff Adamson, WSDOT communications, 509-667-2815
 Jeff Deal, WSDOT engineering, 509-667-2880

Come to the open house at City Hall on Monday, July 16 to learn more

OMAK – The deck on the US 97 bridge over the Okanogan River just south of the Walmart intersection is deteriorating and in need of rehabilitation to preserve its operational and structural integrity. A $670,000 project to fix the deck is scheduled to begin immediately after the Omak Stampede ends on August 13 and will be completed by the end of the month.

The bridge will be closed for 16 days from Monday, August 13 to Tuesday, August 28. Traffic will be detoured through Omak around the clock on state routes 215 and 155. The bridge deck project and the detours are the subject of a public open house at the Omak City Hall on Monday, July 16.

Routing highway traffic through town will create delays for everyone travelling through the area.  The public is encouraged to attend the informational open house to ask questions and view displays of detour routes well in advance of the project.

The work site will be closed to all traffic during construction. The bridge is not wide enough to provide an adequate or safe work zone and still allow for single lane alternating traffic through it.

Due to the increased traffic volumes, the detour plans for both passenger vehicle and trucks was designed to reduce potential delays, and address truck turning requirements.  As a result, all vehicles longer than 40 feet will be detoured onto SR 215 to the Second Avenue bridge in Okanogan and will not be permitted to cross the SR 155 bridge over the Okanogan River. Vehicles under 40 feet will be allowed to use that bridge, shortening the detour back to US 97.

Open house information

When
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 16, before the city council meeting.

Where
Omak City Hall, 2 N. Ash St.

Details
WSDOT project engineers and designers will discuss the detour plan and answer questions. Expect displays, handouts, and comment sheets.

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