Public invited to provide feedback on new bridge and intersection designs at SR 26 and US 195 in Colfax

COLFAX – The community is invited to an open house on Thursday, Dec. 8, to hear about design elements being considered for the State Route 26 and US 195 intersection in Colfax. The Washington State Department of Transportation project team will be on hand to discuss possible design options as well as bridge replacement for the twin bridges at the north end of town.

The twin bridges of US 195 and SR 26 in Colfax have come to the end of their service life and are in need of significant repair. Replacement of the bridges is necessary along with a new US 195 and SR 26 intersection to help all traffic flow more freely and efficiently for years to come.

The open house will provide information on the upcoming project to replace the SR 26 and US 195 bridges as well as implementing elements of the new Complete Streets Program for all WSDOT projects. No formal presentation will be given, but displays will include:

  • A project overview and timeline
  • Overview of Complete Streets
  • Construction and local disruptions
  • Replacement and design options

US 195 and SR 26 Bridge Replacement Open House

When: 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8

Where: Whitman County Library, "The Center", 102 S. Main St. Colfax

Details: The event will begin at 4 p.m. with an opportunity for the public to review displays showing possible design alternatives whenever best suits their schedule during the event. Public will be allowed to ask questions and provide feedback. An online open house also is available to view designs and provide additional feedback at any time through Dec. 31.

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