In-person open house about North Fork Palouse River bridge replacement design planned in Colfax Jan. 31

COLFAX – The public is invited to an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 31, to hear how community feedback helped shape the bridge replacement and roundabout design for the State Route 26 and US 195 intersection in Colfax.

The Washington State Department of Transportation project team will present the current designs and discuss what to expect through the construction phase.

The twin bridges of US 195 and SR 26 in Colfax have come to the end of their service life and need to be replaced. In addition to replacing the bridges, a new US 195 and SR 26 intersection roundabout capable of accommodating wide loads, heavy truck traffic, and passenger vehicle volumes will help all traffic flow more freely and efficiently for years to come. The project also will incorporate elements of the Complete Streets approach to improving safety and access for all users on WSDOT projects.

US 195 and SR 26 Bridge Replacement open house information

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31

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

Details: Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with a formal presentation beginning at 5 p.m. The public can review the design, ask questions and provide feedback once the presentation concludes.

The $13 million project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2025 and be completed by the end of 2027.

More information about the project can be found online on the US 195 – Colfax North Fork Palouse River – Replace Bridges project webpage.

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.