SR 162 - Spiketon Creek Bridge - Temporary Bridge

Project news

  • Read our latest blog post on crew's progress and what remains. 
  • Sign up for project alerts to stay informed of construction progress moving forward.
  • View construction progress photos.
  • During construction, WSDOT would like to advise users of the Foothills Trail (which is owned and maintained by Pierce County) to expect short term closures at the site throughout summer as construction continues. Any scheduled closurse of the Foothills Trail will be posted at the trail heads.
  • All work is expected to be complete late-Nov. 2019, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 2026, 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 and keep the current permanent bridge replacement schedule. Current scheduling shows the temporary bridge will open to traffic by late-November of 2019, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. A permanent bridge replacement project is scheduled to occur sometime during 2026. More details about that project will be announced closer to the advertisement date. 

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.
  • July 29, 2019 - Construction begins
  • Late-Nov. 2019 - Temporary crossing complete and open to traveling public
  • Fall 2025 - Advertise contract for permanent bridge replacement
  • Early-Spring 2026 - Construction begins on permanent bridge replacement
  • Winter 2026 - Permanent crossing complete and open to traffic


Financial Data for PIN 316202G
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $3,273
Total $3,273


Tina Werner 
WSDOT Olympic Region Communications

Lone Moody 
WSDOT Project Engineer


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Pier Settlement SR 162

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