Willapa River Bridge moving to single lane

Drivers on State Route 6 at the Willapa River Bridge will encounter 10 weeks of around-the-clock single-lane traffic starting on Monday.

Drivers can expect five-minute delays while an automated signal alternates traffic across the bridge.

Reducing SR 6 to a single lane allows crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation to rebuild the highway so it meets up with a newly constructed bridge just 12 feet southwest of the existing one.

Crews plan to shift single-lane traffic to the new bridge in late March and then start demolishing the existing, 85-year-old steel-truss bridge.

This work is part of WSDOT’s project to replace the bridge with a wider, more modern structure. The project is expected to be complete this summer.

Photo taken by Michael Goff on August 1, 2009

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