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Delays Expected Tomorrow at the Bone River Bridge

March 7, 2013

On Friday, March 8, drivers will see minor delays as crews set the large concrete girders to make a wider, safer crossing on US 101 at the Bone River Bridge on Willapa Bay. Drivers can expect delays of up to 20 minutes starting at 8 a.m. as flaggers will intermittently halt traffic while trucks deliver the girders to the construction site.

Eight of the bridge’s 12 girders will be installed on Friday, with the final four scheduled for installation in April. Later this spring, crews will pour concrete for the new bridge deck.

The girders measure between 90 and 140 feet long and weigh up to 72 tons. They form the backbone of the new bridge, which is being built to withstand coastal flooding and a 1,000-year earthquake event.

This work is part of the $8.8 million US 101, Bone River Bridge Replacement project. The project is funded through the 2005 gas tax package and pre-existing state funds, and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

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