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News » US » Settlement forces closure of Washington bridge » published 7 Sep 2018

Settlement forces closure of Washington bridge

Newly discovered pier settlement has resulted in permanent closure of a bridge on State Route 162 in Washington.

A photo of the bridge from WSDOT's 2013 statewide bridge report Above: A photo of the bridge from WSDOT's 2013 statewide bridge report

The pier settlement at the SR 162 Spiketon Creek (Pioneer Way) Bridge in Buckley was discovered on 16 August when crews surveyed the bridge in preparation for a 30-day closure to perform deck repairs. The bridge was immediately closed and a pre-established detour route was put in effect; this temporarary closure has now been made permanent.

“This was not a decision we made lightly,” said WSDOT Olympic Region administrator John Wynands. “We knew the bridge was reaching the end of its useful life and had already scheduled construction of a replacement bridge to begin in four years. Our goal with the deck repairs was to keep the bridge functional until then. Unfortunately the discovery of the pier settlement changed that.”

Initial estimates to reinforce the bridge structure to offset the settlement are in excess of US$2m. “It’s clear that it’s not a good use of public funds to make that kind of investment in an 82-year-old structure,” said Wynands. “We do understand how inconvenient this bridge closure is, especially with the school season starting. We’ve begun discussions on moving forward and will engage the community as we develop solutions to the unanticipated closure of this structure.”

 

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This article was published on 7 Sep 2018 (last updated on 7 Sep 2018).

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