Willapa River Bridge returns to 2 way highway traffic

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 issued a notice for the temporary reduction. On July 1, 2013, 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.

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