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SR 503 Yale Bridge to close for paving work, July 23-25

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 09:54

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

YALE – Daytime travelers who use State Route 503 to reach hiking, camping and boating sites near Yale, Cougar or Mount St. Helens will need to use an alternate route later this month.

Beginning Monday, July 23, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Granite Construction Co., will close the bridge and highway on either end of the historic Yale Bridge during the day for paving work.

“We understand closing this single-lane bridge that connects travelers and tourists between both Cowlitz and Clark counties is an inconvenience,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Lori Figone. “But it’s necessary to pave on either side of the bridge.”

The paving project will resurface nearly 18 miles of SR 503, between Northeast Rock Creek Road and the SR 503 Spur in Cougar. It will also resurface nearly eight miles of the SR 503 Spur through Cougar to Beaver Bay Park.

The pavement on these two stretches of highway is nearing the end of its useful life. This project will preserve and extend the life of the asphalt, and provide a smoother ride for drivers.

Full closure details

  • Monday, July 23: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No additional bridge closures are currently planned as part of the project.

During the closures, travelers wishing to access areas on either end of the bridge will need to find an alternate route and should expect delays for other scheduled paving and chip sealing work along SR 503.

This $5.3 million project is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.

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