New Pacific County bridge opening by tomorrow

Drivers will be using the brand new, wider Willapa River Bridge on State Route 6 by tomorrow.

The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to pave SR 6 and shift traffic by Wednesday afternoon. Around-the-clock single-lane traffic and minor delays will continue into June.

Construction began last summer on the new Willapa River Bridge, built just 12 feet away from the existing, 85-year-old bridge.

Even though traffic will start using the new bridge, crews will continue working through the summer, realigning SR 6 to connect with the new bridge and demolishing the old structure.

Crews are expected to remove the old bridge in mid-May, complete construction and some landscaping work in June, and finish the $6.3 million project by early July.

The SR 6 Willapa River Bridge Replacement project is one of five WSDOT bridge replacement projects currently underway in Pacific and west Lewis counties.

Photo taken by Michael Goff on August 1, 2009



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