US 12 - Heron Street Bridge

Project news

WSDOT is looking at a range of alternatives for replacing the US 12 Heron Street Bridge. One of the options we are currently looking at is the possibility of replacing the existing bridge that opens with a fixed-span bridge that does not open. Replacing the bridge requires a number of permits, including one from the United States Coast Guard which requires us to conduct a navigation report of the Wishkah River. We are compiling information for the report and anticipate the report will be completed in the spring of 2019.

Stay Informed

You can stay informed about the process to replace or rehabilitate the US 12 Heron Street Bridge by checking back to this website often. We will be updating this site with information as it becomes available on upcoming meetings, proposed alternatives, and opportunities to comment.


US Highway 12 is a major east-west transportation route through the City of Aberdeen with the Heron Street Bridge carrying 14,000 daily trips on average across the Wishkah River. This moveable span bridge was built in 1949 and is in need of major rehabilitation or replacement. WSDOT has begun preliminary design work to evaluate improving the existing bridge or determining the location and components of a new bridge crossing. 

The End Result

The end result will be a preferred recommendation for a new bridge type and location that will move forward into design and construction.


Spring 2018

  • Develop scope of work
  • Gather information
  • Stakeholder participation

Summer & Fall 2018

  • Stakeholder participation
  • Begin Navigation Impact Report

Winter 2018 through Spring 2019

  • Community Engagement
  • Complete Navigation Impact Report
  • Stakeholder Participation

Summer & Fall 2019

  • Community Engagement
  • Final recommendation
  • Complete report


The project funding will be determined following the results of the public process.


Dennis Engel, Multimodal Planning Manager
Phone 360-357-2651

Joseph Coppo, Pre-Design Supervisor (Project Lead)
Phone 360-704-3207

Claudia Bingham Baker, Communications Manager
Phone 360-357-2789


US 12 Heron Street Bridge Project Map