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Four-week closure of SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge begins Aug. 20 for repairs

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 15:55

BUCKLEY – Drivers on State Route 162 near Buckley should plan now for a four-week closure of the Spiketon Creek Bridge (also called the Pioneer Way Bridge) as crews conduct a thorough inspection and make repairs to the bridge deck. The 226-foot-long, 82-year-old structure is located on Pioneer Way East, just south of Mundy Loss Road.

From 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 to 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 20, the bridge will be closed to all traffic. During this time, Washington State Department of Transportation bridge crews will patch and inspect strategic portions of the bridge deck during daytime hours, followed by overnight 12-hour concrete cures.

A signed detour will be in place along Pioneer Way East to Mundy Loss Road, along SR 410 and to SR 165. Motorists are advised to expect minor delays along the detour route.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will follow the signed detour route. The Foothills Trail under the bridge will remain open.

Spiketon Creek bridge detour

“Our goal is to do this work as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Chris Keegan, WSDOT regional bridge operations engineer. “Our approach to this work is to ‘get in, stay in – get out, stay out.’ By concentrating the work into an around-the-clock closure, we will finish the work more quickly, save money, and provide a safer work zone for everyone.”

Once bridge preservation engineers are able to ascertain the extent of wear on the bridge, they will determine if any restrictions need to be placed on the bridge upon reopening. In the long run, WSDOT plans to build a new Spiketon Creek Bridge based on available funding.

WSDOT has a bridge inspection program that regularly monitors the conditions of all state bridges.

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT traffic app and on the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web page.

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