HOQUIAM, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Transportation summarizes the week following the Simpson Avenue bridge closure, detour, plans, and accommodations for SR 101 travellers.
Public safety is a top priority
Aug. 5, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge to vehicle traffic because of concerns about its structural integrity. Engineers found severe degradation of piles that support the easterly pier. The closure remains in place until further notice.
What happened this week?
WSDOT staff met with the Hoquiam City Council Monday, Aug. 9, and announced a temporary fix is being designed and engineers hope to have traffic back on the bridge by mid-September. Those repairs are expected to cost $2 million, and a permanent repair – which begins design as soon as the temporary fix is complete – could cost between $10 and $20 million. WSDOT is working closely with the City of Hoquiam and legislators to make the solution a reality as swiftly as possible.
Know before you go
Traffic increases noticeably between May and October as tourists visit nearby ocean beaches via US 101. Drivers can get ahead of congestion by calling 511 for real time traffic. WSDOT also installed temporary traffic cameras on US 101 to help travelers plan ahead when traveling to the coast. North and southbound views are available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgePierRepair/Camera.htm.