The US 12 Heron Street Bridge in Aberdeen is nearing its final chapter. When it first opened to the traveling public in 1949, the average loaf of bread cost 13 cents. Now this link to Pacific Ocean beaches has reached the end of its useful life.

To turn the page, the Washington State Department of Transportation and local partners are considering the best path forward for removing and replacing the aging structure, but need help from people who rely on the bridge.

Community input is needed on the range of alternatives for a new crossing over the Wishkah River. There are two ways to comment: in-person or online.

“We need to hear from members of the community before any design work begins,” said WSDOT Regional Multimodal Planning Manager Dennis Engel. “This first step of the process will help us meet the needs of the community as we move forward in replacing this important link.”

An online survey is available for public comment through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 12.

A drop-in style open house later this month will highlight the proposed alternatives.

No formal presentation will be given, however, region planners will be on hand to explain the bridge alternatives, answer any questions and take feedback.

When:             4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20

Where:           Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion

                        1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen

Parking:         Parking is available on site at the pavilion. Local transit routes 10N and 40 have stops nearby.

An Open House Meeting will be held on March 20, 2019, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rotary Log Pavilion, at 1401 Sargent Blvd, in Aberdeen. Community members are invited to come learn more about the study and the four alternatives for a new bridge. The Open House is a drop-in meeting and no formal presentation will be given.

Take the online survey to help us choose the best bridge alternative and location that meets the community needs. The survey is available through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 12. 

WSDOT is looking at a range of alternatives for replacing the US 12 Heron Street Bridge. One of the alternatives we are currently looking at is the possibility of replacing the existing bridge that opens with a fixed-span bridge that does not open. Replacing the bridge requires a number of permits, including one from the United States Coast Guard which requires us to conduct a navigation report of the Wishkah River. We are compiling information for the report and anticipate the report will be completed in the spring of 2019.

Stay Informed


US Highway 12 is a major east-west transportation route through the City of Aberdeen with the Heron Street Bridge carrying 14,000 daily trips on average across the Wishkah River. This moveable span bridge was built in 1949 and is in need of major rehabilitation or replacement. WSDOT has begun preliminary design work to evaluate improving the existing bridge or determining the location and components of a new bridge crossing.