Tem­po­rary bridge com­ing for state high­way in Buckley

The News Tribune - - Local - BY CRAIG SAILOR [email protected]­new­stri­bune.com

When the state closed the Route 162 bridge over Spike­ton Creek be­tween South Prairie and Buckley last Au­gust, the lo­cals weren’t happy about it.

“We heard from the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing schools, first re­spon­ders, lo­cal res­i­dents, driv­ers and elected of­fi­cials, just how im­por­tant this con­nec­tion is to lo­cal traf­fic,” said Wash­ing­ton state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion ad­min­is­tra­tor John Wy­nands in a state­ment. Re­lief is com­ing.

While a per­ma­nent re­place­ment is still five years away, a tem­po­rary bridge should be in place by fall 2019, WSDOT said.

The orig­i­nal bridge was closed after engi­neers found that piers — the large col­umns that hold up the bridge — had set­tled to a de­gree that the 82-yearold bridge was too dan­ger­ous to use.

The tem­po­rary bridge will be in­stalled on new foun­da­tions and over the top of the orig­i­nal span. WSDOT said it won’t put ad­di­tional weight on the old bridge.

“The tem­po­rary bridge al­lows us to hold our orig­i­nal bridge re­place­ment sched­ule while restor­ing the cross­ing,” Wy­nands said.

Work is ex­pected to be­gin in spring 2019.

Wash­ing­ton state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion

The Foothills Trail will stay open when the Wash­ing­ton state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion puts in a tem­po­rary bridge for state Route 162 over Spike­ton Creek in 2019.

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