SR 162 - Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Bridge

Project news

  • Community members are encouraged to sign up for project alerts.
  • WSDOT plans to erect a temporary bridge that is currently scheduled to go on advertisement in April to restore the crossing while maintaining our existing schedule for permanent bridge replacement in 2022.
  • Current scheduling shows a temporary bridge opening to traffic by fall 2019.

Needs & benefits

The State Route 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge in Buckley closed Aug. 16, 2018 after crews surveying the bridge in preparation for a month-long deck repair project discovered up to four inches of pier settlement. WSDOT’s goal with the originally scheduled deck repairs was to keep the bridge operational until 2022, when it was scheduled to be permanently replaced. Unfortunately, the recent discovery changed that timeline.  Out of concern for public safety, crews closed the bridge and a detour for the 5,600 daily motorists who had been crossing the bridge was implemented immediately using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165.

After working extensively with the community and elected officials, WSDOT made the decision to restore the crossing with a temporary span bridge. Current scheduling shows the temporary bridge will open to traffic by fall of 2019.

The temporary bridge will be a modular, steel bridge that will sit just above the existing structure. The temporary crossing will be a two-lane bridge, with one lane in each direction with no load restrictions. Users of the Foothills Trail will encounter short, intermittent closures during construction. WSDOT will announce any closures as they are scheduled.

WSDOT published a blog post that addressed much of the community’s concerns with repair vs. replacement, timeline and funding.


  • April 2019 – Advertise a contract for competitive bids 
  • May 2019 - Contract awarded to Hamilton Construction Co.
  • Early through late summer 2019 - Construction
  • Mid-September 2019 - Temporary crossing complete and open to traveling public


This project is budgeted at $3.1 million. Actual project costs will be made available after the contract is awarded.

$3.9 million is budgeted for the permanent bridge replacement project in 2022.


Olympic Region Communications
Tina Werner

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Pier Settlement SR 162

Pond forming on the bridge deck as a result of pier settlement.