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New SR 162 temporary bridge opens to travelers across Spiketon Creek near Buckley

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 15:18

Cara Mitchell, communications, 360-357-2703

BUCKLEY – It’s open. This afternoon, construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation finished installing a temporary bridge and re-opened State Route 162 across Spiketon Creek to travelers in east Pierce County.

Over the past seven months, Hamilton Construction Co. installed one of the largest single-span, multi-lane temporary bridges ever produced by its manufacturer, ACROW Bridge. The 240-foot-long and 32-foot-wide bridge is now open with two lanes of traffic and no load restrictions.

The original 83-year-old Spiketon Creek Bridge closed to traffic after crews discovered pier settlement. On average, approximately 5,600 vehicles use the bridge each day.

WSDOT engineers are moving forward with plans to design and construct a permanent bridge crossing. Design for a permanent replacement bridge is scheduled to begin January 2024. 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.

Visit the Pierce County construction web page for updated maintenance and construction information. Real-time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.


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