Tamara Hellman, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2056
ONALASKA – Drivers can now cross the State Route 508 South Fork Newaukum River Bridge. The bridge was closed Sunday, Jan. 11, allowing Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews to build a temporary single-lane Bailey bridge across the aging structure.
With completion of the Bailey bridge, drivers and freight haulers are able to safely cross the Newaukum River Bridge until WSDOT finishes design work and construction of its replacement. Construction of a new bridge is expected to begin in late 2016 and open to traffic in 2018.
Rules of the road
The weight restriction on the bridge has been lifted, and traffic will alternate directions across the single-lane temporary span. Stops signs at both ends of the bridge are in place along with directions for drivers to allow on-coming traffic to clear before proceeding across.
Bailey bridge details
• Open to all legal loads
• Reduced speed limit of 25 mph
• A single 9-foot wide lane
The SR 508 South Fork Newaukum River Bridge is located five miles east of Onalaska and carries about 1,400 vehicles a day.