This project will increase the load carrying capacity of nine county bridges by strengthening the superstructure of the existing bridges. These bridges are currently “load posted”, so restricted for certain emergency vehicles and certain hauling vehicles. This work will remove the load posting restrictions.
Clark County received a $2.59 million Federal Highway Administration Local Bridge grant through Washington State Department of Transportation, which will pay for a most of the bridge strengthening design and construction expenses.
Design and permitting work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022, with construction later in 2022 and completion in 2023.
Due to the construction the bridges will require single lane road closures at times and full road closures at other times. Detour routes will be in place. Those impacted by road closures will receive a notification once closure dates and detour routes are finalized.
Lucia Falls Bridge #116 will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 7. This will close Hantwick Road to through traffic. Northeast 279th Street will also be closed to through traffic east from Northeast 182nd Avenue. The closure was scheduled to last no more than 20 calendar days (through Aug. 26) but was extended through Aug. 31. Exact closure start and end dates are weather dependent and subject to change.
Traffic will be redirected around the bridge via Northeast 172nd Avenue and Northeast Lucia Falls Road. Drivers should follow the directions of signage and flaggers.
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Location: Lucia Falls Bridge #116
Detour route map (PDF)
Rock Creek Bridge (#96) will be closed beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6, closing Northeast 152nd Avenue to through traffic. Northeast 279th Street will also be closed to through traffic east from Northeast 182nd Avenue. The previously announced closure start date was Aug. 28.
Drivers traveling north will use Northeast Kelly Road to Northeast Gabriel Road. Drivers traveling south will use Northeast 172nd Avenue to Northeast Boutelle Road, then Northeast 147th Avenue to Northeast 249th Street and Northwest 25th Street.
Venersborg Bridge (#217) will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 11, closing Northeast Risto Road to through traffic. The closure is scheduled to last no more than 20 working days (through Oct. 6). Exact closure start and end dates are weather dependent and subject to change. The closure will allow for work to strengthen the bridge and ultimately remove the existing weight restriction.
Northeast Risto road will be closed to through traffic starting at Northeast 182nd Avenue. Drivers on Northeast 209th Street will take Northeast 237th Avenue to Northeast Finn Hill Road, to Northeast 189th Street, to Northeast 184th Street, and to Northeast 182nd Avenue. Drivers on Northeast Risto Road will take Northeast 182nd Avenue to Northeast 184th Street, to Northeast 189th Street, to Northeast Finn Hill Road, and to Northeast 237th Avenue.
Drivers should follow detour signs and expect delays.
Paul Morin, project manager
Clark County Public Works