Drivers crossing the Willapa River Bridge on State Route 6 will soon be able do so both at highway speed and in either direction.
The return to 55 mph across the bridge on Thursday, July 3, comes nearly a year to the day after the Washington State Department of Transportation issued a notice for the temporary reduction. On July 1, 2013, WSDOT reduced the speed limit to 35 mph as a safety precaution while crews replaced the old bridge.
The speed-limit adjustment nearly coincides with the onset of two-way traffic across the new bridge. Since it opened earlier this year, traffic has been restricted to an alternating, one-way lane with the use of a temporary signal. Crews removed the signal June 25, allowing simultaneous traffic across the bridge in each direction for the first time.
The $6.3 million project is one of five WSDOT bridge-replacement projects currently underway in Pacific and Lewis counties.