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Temporary bridge to restore access across Spiketon Creek on SR 162 by mid-September

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:05

Update: Please note the timeline to open the temporary bridge is mid-October. The news release below has been updated to reflect that timeframe. 

Tina Werner, communications, 360-704-3270          

Plan eliminates lengthy detour, minor impacts to Foothills Trail

BUCKLEY – Relief for travelers now detouring around the closed State Route 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge in Pierce County is one step closer. A recently approved $3.2 million contract will install a temporary modular bridge across the creek beginning this summer.

The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded the temporary bridge contract to Hamilton Construction Co. The temporary bridge will be erected over the existing bridge and, when opened, will accommodate two lanes of traffic with no load restrictions. Work is slated to begin in July. An exact start date will be announced later and the temporary bridge should open to traffic by mid-October.

“Our decision to invest in a temporary span restores access and eliminates the extended detour,” said Regional Administrator John Wynands. “We appreciate the vast range of comments we received from residents and local elected officials about the bridge’s importance to the greater Buckley community.”

The existing Spiketon Creek Bridge closed to traffic on Aug. 16, 2018, after crews discovered pier settlement while preparing for an unrelated month-long deck repair project. Since the closure, travelers have detoured around the bridge using Pioneer Way East, Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165.

Because SR 162 is already closed at the bridge site, construction of the temporary bridge will not affect current traffic patterns. Users of the Foothills Trail under the bridge will encounter short, intermittent closures during construction.

WSDOT engineers are moving forward with plans to design and construct a permanent bridge crossing. The exact date of the permanent replacement has not been announced at this time. When construction begins on the permanent bridge, the temporary bridge will be removed and stored by WSDOT as an asset to use at other locations as needed.

Drivers are encouraged to sign up for WSDOT email updates and follow any construction updates on the Pierce County maintenance and construction activity report.


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