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Friday, August 16, 2013
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057
Lori Figone, project engineer, 800-545-1393
Plan for travel delays during hat trick of coastal events in August and September
NASELLE – Drivers on US 101 should budget extra travel time starting this week, as bridge construction at the Middle Nemah River moves forward, and summer events heat up on the coast.
This afternoon, crews are shifting US 101 drivers onto a temporary one-lane bridge just west of the existing highway over Middle Nemah River.
Moving traffic onto the temporary bridge means contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation can demolish the 78-year-old Middle Nemah River Bridge and build a wider, safer crossing.
An automated traffic signal will direct traffic across the bridge around the clock. Drivers will also encounter a reduced speed limit of 25 mph through the work zone.
“For the most part, drivers will only see minor delays for this work,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Lori Figone. “However, you’ll want to plan for additional delays during the holiday weekends and coastal events, which bring an influx of traffic to the coast.”
Keeping traffic moving during major events and holidays
Several major events will draw travelers from around the state to the southwest Washington coast over the next three weeks.
- Aug. 19-25: Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach
- Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day weekend
- Sept. 7-8: Rod Run to the End of the World in Long Beach
To keep traffic moving, WSDOT will deactivate the automated signal and flag traffic over the bridge to help minimize backups and delays during peak travel hours. Drivers can do their part by planning ahead and allowing for extra travel time to reach their destination.
The Middle Nemah River Bridge is located on US 101, approximately 5 miles north of the State Route 4 junction at Johnsons Landing. It carries an average of 2,400 daily drivers.
The $4.8 million project is funded through the 2005 gas tax package and pre-existing state funds.
Stay informed on construction-related traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts and construction update web pages.
WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511.
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