SR 109 Grass Creek Bridge in Grays Harbor County reopens following repairs

HOQUIAM - There's good news for Grays Harbor County travelers who use the State Route 109 Grass Creek Bridge between Hoquiam and Ocean Shores. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews from Rognlin's, Inc., reopened the bridge today, Friday, Jan. 13, four weeks ahead of schedule.  

During the closure, crews installed new pilings and support beams at three of the bridge piers. This work has restored the bridge’s weight carrying capacity and use of the southbound lane. The original speed limit of 50 mph has also been reinstated.

Additional slope repair work on horizon for SR 109

Another closure of SR 109 closer to Hoquiam is needed. This emergency project will remove trees from the hillside next to the highway and just west of the SR 109 Spur.

WSDOT will provide more information including closure dates in the coming weeks.

Travelers are encouraged to sign up for email updates for state highways in Grays Harbor County. Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and travel center map.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.