Drivers crossing the Willapa River Bridge on State Route 6 will soon be able do so both at highway speed and in either direction.
The return to 55 mph across the bridge on Thursday, July 3, comes nearly a year to the day after the Washington State Department of Transportation issued a notice for the temporary reduction. On July 1, 2013, WSDOT reduced the speed limit to 35 mph as a safety precaution while crews replaced the old bridge.
The speed-limit adjustment nearly coincides with the onset of two-way traffic across the new bridge. Since it opened earlier this year, traffic has been restricted to an alternating, one-way lane with the use of a temporary signal. Crews removed the signal June 25, allowing simultaneous traffic across the bridge in each direction for the first time.
The $6.3 million project is one of five WSDOT bridge-replacement projects currently underway in Pacific and Lewis counties.
Falling asleep at the wheel is being blamed for an accident outside of McCleary.
A 23 year old Oakville man was driving west on SR 8, 1 mile south of McCleary, when he fell asleep driving. His 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass left the road before entering the ditch, driving through a chainlink fence and a road sign, rolling, and coming to rest on the roof.
The driver was taken to Summit Pacific Medical Center for his injuries and the vehicle was totaled and impounded.
Drugs and alcohol were not involved.
On Thursday, detectives with the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Hoquiam Police Department and Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant in the 200 block of K Street in Hoquiam.
During the search warrant regarding small-scale methamphetamine sales, a 34-year old Hoquiam woman was arrested for multiple counts and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on pending felony drug charges.
A 28-year old Hoquiam man who was staying at the home was arrested on an outstanding DOC felony warrant for probation violations. Suspected methamphetamine was also found on him. He was booked at the Hoquiam City Jail and may face additional felony drug charges.
Other people staying at the home were checked for outstanding wants and released.
The investigation stemmed from numerous neighborhood complaints to the Hoquiam Police Department of heavy foot and vehicle traffic to and from the home. These complaints were forwarded to the Drug Task Force, who initiated an undercover investigation.
Police Chief Jeff Myers tells KXRO, “One of our three Department Focus Points is targeting drug dealers and drug locations. The Drug Task Force took on this location based on citizen concerns and developed a case which will hopefully resolve the problem.”
Given the conditions of the home, including the fact there was no electrical service, it will be condemned by the Hoquiam Building Department. Anyone who returns will be arrested for trespassing.
At last night’s Aberdeen City Council Meeting the Council, Mayor Bill Simpson and Fire Chief Tom Hubbard honored Battalion Chief Bill Mayne who is retiring after 36 years of service.
Mayne thanked the city for his time as an employee and said the fire department and the city is in good hands.
Mayne’s last day with the department will be June 30th.
This week, 911 got a call about an Explorer with a volunteer firefighter license plate driving recklessly near Jack in the Box matching the description of one reported stolen in the City of Elma.
Officers did not locate the vehicle in the area, but continued the search and found the Explorer near Market and A Streets being driven by a woman.
The 20 year old woman was taken into custody for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and booked into the City of Aberdeen jail without incident.
Elma Police responded to assist and the vehicle was processed and returned to the owners.
The investigation is continuing.
The Aberdeen City Council passed a resolution last night that will set July 2nd as Founders Day from now on.
Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson read the resolution that declares July 2nd to be henceforth known as Founders Day.
Sam Benn first came to Aberdeen on May 28, 1868. On February 6, 1884, Benn recorded the Town of Aberdeen, and on May 12, 1898, Aberdeen was officially incorporated.
The inaugural Founders Day Parade is this weekend and Parks and Recreation Director Karl Harris reminded the council that roads will be closed for the event.
Market Street from Alder to G Street will be closed starting around 6 am to around 12:30.
Portions of Broadway will be closed from 8 am to 11 pm for the parade and other events for the day.
A McCleary man connected to a series of vehicle prowls throughout Grays Harbor has been arrested.
On May 25, Hoquiam officers investigated a reported vehicle prowl in the Olympic Stadium parking lot where a MacBook Pro was taken.
Officers used a tracking feature to locate the laptop in the 400 block of Second Street in McCleary, but were unable to pinpoint the exact location.
Lacey PD stopped a stolen vehicle on June 3, and recovered a MacBook Pro. Lacey’s evidence custodian linked it back to a McCleary man living on Second Street.
When they cross referenced the computer to regional cases, they connected it to the Hoquiam case. After multiple search warrants, detectives recovered driver’s licenses, wallets, credit cards, checkbooks, vehicle titles, cell phones, tools, battery chargers, clothing and personal information belonging to numerous victims.
A 26 year old McCleary man was booked in the Grays Harbor County Jail for possession of stolen property in the second degree.
Hoquiam Police continue to work to identify the owners of property recovered from vehicle prowls in Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and Centralia.
If you believe that items may belong to you, call Hoquiam Detective Blundred at 360-532-0892 x 117.