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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Alice Fiman, WSDOT communications, 360-705-7080 (Olympia)
Colin Newell, WSDOT project engineer, 360-740-8600 (Chehalis)
CHEHALIS – The transportation artery carrying drivers between Chehalis and Adna (and points further west) will close for three days while crews to repair and repave the State Route 6 Riverside Bridge.
Workers for the Washington State Department of Transportation and Quigg Brothers Construction will close the Riverside Bridge, just west of I-5 at the Chehalis River, from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10.
“It will be tough for some, especially those who live close to the bridge and the truck drivers who have to take the long way around,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Colin Newell. “But closing the entire bridge for one weekend is much safer, quicker and cheaper than doing one-way closures that cause long delays and slow drivers down for weeks on end.”
The aging bridge deck is constantly in need of repair and the new $365,000 asphalt overlay will smooth and extend the life of the road for 15 more years.
Passenger vehicles will detour around the closure using Shorey and Devereese roads and State Route 603. The four-mile-long detour will take drivers close to eight minutes. Commercial traffic is not allowed on the detour route and should plan ahead to find alternate routes, including Interstate 5 to US 12 to US 101 and I-5 to State Route 4.
Nearly 11,000 vehicles use the SR 6 Riverside Bridge each day. Ten percent of those vehicles are commercial trucks traveling to and from I-5.
Visit the project Web page for more information, or check WSDOT’s travel alerts and Southwest Region construction update Web pages.
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