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 this summer and open the crossing to traffic mid-September 2019, eliminating a lengthy detour using Mundy Loss Road, SR 410 and SR 165. 
  • The contract was recently awarded to Hamilton Construction Co.

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


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


Olympic Region Communications
Tina Werner

SR 162 Spiketon Creek thumbnail

Pier Settlement SR 162

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