US 101 - Elwha River Bridge - Bridge Replacement - Library

Design Alternatives - US 101 Elwha River Bridge (pdf 225 kb)

On Dec. 20, 2016, WSDOT announced that Alternatives 1-4 had been removed from further consideration. Alternatives 5, 6 and 7 are continuing to be evaluated based on public input, funding availability, environmental considerations, the condition of the existing bridge and detour routes, real estate requirements, and other factors.

WSDOT is currently pursuing Alternative 7. Other alternatives will be pursued if WSDOT is forced to expedite the project timeline.


Historical Timeline of Events:

  • 1913 - Elwha Dam was built
  • 1926 - The US 101 Elwha River Bridge was built
  • 1927 - Glines Canyon Dam was built
  • 1954 - US 101 Elwha River Bridge was widened from a 20-foot bridge to 28 feet
  • 2012 - Elwha Dam was removed
  • 2014 - Glines Canyon Dam was removed