HOQUIAM, Wash. - Engineers have determined it will take about two months longer than expected to repair supports for the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge, which closed Aug. 5. The reopening is now scheduled for January, instead of November.
“Given the condition of the soils and the age of the structure, we are unable to use conventional methods to fix the bridge,” said Kevin Dayton, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) region administrator. “This is extending the work beyond what we originally anticipated.”
WSDOT is moving quickly to make the repairs. Now that designs are complete, WSDOT will hand deliver the plans to potential or interested contractors on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in anticipation of opening bids Oct. 12. Work on the bridge will begin in late October.