Annual inspections close the US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, May 23-25.
During the inspections, drivers will be rerouted onto the nearby Riverside Bridge, which will be reconfigured to accommodate two-way traffic.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) inspects the 84-year-old bridge annually.
This marks the first inspection since the bridge reopened in Jan. to traffic after a 10-week closure.
That closure was put into place after WSDOT maintenance crews noticed some unusual movement of the bridge which prompted engineers and divers to conduct underwater inspections. Those inspections revealed severe degradation to the most easterly pier of the bridge, and engineers determined it was not safe for vehicles to cross.
During the closure, crews repaired the pier so traffic could once again safely cross the bridge.
The US 101 Simpson Avenue Bridge carries 15,000 vehicles a day over the Hoquiam River.
MONTESANO, Wash. - Layoffs or Furloughs could be coming to Grays Harbor County next year. The Commissioners decided yesterday to request another %4 in budget cuts going into 2012. Commissioner Terry Willis said "That will be a total of 7% cuts since July first of 2011." Willis said the county has already spent %100 of it's levied money for this year "plus some money that was in the reserve, and actually drew the reserve down."
Willis said an increase of %4 would allow the county to build it's reserve back up in 2012 "What we hope will happen is we'll actually increase the reserver by 1 million dollars."
Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Wheelan said on Friday "Are we looking at layoffs? It just depends on where they set my budget for 2012." The Sheriff's Department was already granted an extension to find the initial %3 to cut.
ABERDEEN, Wash. - Fire crews fought back flames from a sizeable structure fire last night in the 1700 Block of West First street. Batallion Commander Damon Lillybridge tells us heavy smoke and flames were venting from the single story home when crews arrived around 9 last night. Lillybridge said one firefighter smashed a finger at the scene of the home, the ocupant said no one was home at the time beside their animals, two dogs and a cat were found dead in the home. With about $133-thousand in estimated damages to the home and contents, Lillybridge said the cause remains under investigation.
THREE LAKES, Wash. - A man drown Friday on the Mason County side of Panther lake, Detective Bill Adam tells KBKW on August 9, 2013 around 10 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a boating incident. Three men decided to take a very small boat out onto Panther Lake without oars or life jackets in order to fish. When it started to get dark, the men used their hands to paddle the boat when the boat began to sink. One of the men disappeared under the water and did not surface. The other two men were able to swim to shore.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office launched a patrol boat and around 2352 hours, the missing man was observed laying on the bottom of the lake. With the assistance of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, the man was recovered and taken to the shore, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell identified the dead man as Anthony Steven Asuelo, age 41, of Port Orchard.
The incident is under investigation and an autopsy will be performed this week. No further information is available at this time.
HOQUIAM, Wash. - City Council closed a window in Hoquiam that one protestor was able to park a truck in. When City Council adopted their parking ordinance earlier this year, they sidestepped a silent protest on Myrtle street between Spradlin Rock and the Grays Harbor PUD. With that issue resolved enough to move the trucks from in front of the PUD Nichols building, city council last night adopted a resolution to the ordinance restricting parking on that corner to 2 hours.