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New temporary signal near SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge lights up Feb. 27

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 13:14

Tina Werner, communications, 360-704-3270

Update: Please note the temporary signal will be activated Thursday, Feb. 27 due to ongoing power issues. 

BUCKLEY – State Route 162 travelers near the recently reopened Spiketon Creek Bridge in Buckley will soon see a new temporary traffic signal just east of the bridge. The temporary signal is being added at an unsigned multi-resident private driveway to improve safety and is scheduled to be in place starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

The signal will be demand-activated, meaning vehicles on the private driveway will trigger its response, stopping traffic on SR 162 and releasing vehicles from the driveway. Once the queue has cleared, traffic will resume on SR 162. Delays are anticipated to be minimal for the 5,600 vehicles that travel this stretch of highway each day. Washington State Department of Transportation crews will activate the signal Thursday in an effort to increase safety and sight distance concerns for private-driveway residents entering the highway.

It’s not yet known how long the signal will be in place. WSDOT is evaluating several long-term options including driveway relocation further east from the bridge, or delaying the driveway redesign until a permanent bridge replacement is constructed over Spiketon Creek in 2026.

The Spiketon Creek Bridge originally closed Aug. 16, 2018, after crews surveying the bridge in preparation for a month-long deck repair project discovered up to four inches of pier settlement. A temporary crossing reopened to travelers on Dec. 11, 2019, to keep the bridge open to traffic until it was scheduled for replacement.

Travelers are encouraged to sign up for Spiketon Creek Bridge updates, including communication about permanent bridge replacement, online.

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