The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has completed work on a new bridge at Preachers Slough Road, which provides public access to the Chehalis River shoreline east of Aberdeen and Cosmopolis. However, DNR will temporarily close access to the bridge for roadwork during the week of June 6. The new 80-foot concrete bridge replaces a large road fill that for many years blocked natural tidal and freshwater flow in Preachers Slough. This project provides access for juvenile salmon to quality rearing habitat within the wetland and sloughs. Preacher’s Slough Road leads to the Chehalis River shoreline where public access is provided for bank fishing and access to the river. Adjacent to the parking area-which is also being improved-a new ‘cartop’ boat launch is being designed for canoes, kayaks, and other small boats. A shoreline trail will lead from the parking area to bank fishing spots that have been used by area residents for many years.