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Update on the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge Pier Repair in Hoquiam, WA

Current bridge status

Currently the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The Riverside Bridge has been reconfigured to accommodate a single lane of traffic in each direction.

Bridge engineers are allowing one marine opening per day at high-slack tide. Openings are being carefully monitored and executed using only the west bascule. A calendar of the scheduled openings is available on the website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgePierRepair/MarineVesselOpenings.htm.

Oversize and overweight vehicles are only permitted to cross the Riverside Bridge between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Information is available on the WSDOT’s motor carrier website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/CommercialVehicle/default.htm.

Looking ahead to next week

Previously scheduled repair work occurs on the west end of US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge. Crews will repair sections of bridge deck and expansion joints damaged by a third party earlier this year. This work is separate from the pier repair. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday, Aug. 16, through Friday, Aug. 20.

What about businesses?

Local companies remain open throughout the closure. WSDOT is committed to helping the community retain business through outreach that announces the “best times to travel” instead of telling motorists to “avoid the area” and providing additional signing to alert drivers of the downtown Hoquiam area.

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