Thurston County officials still don’t have a date for when a bridge over Salmon Creek on Littlerock Road Southwest could reopen.
“Due to the weather last week, the stream velocity and volume actually increased so that delayed the repairs until this week,” road operations manager Lucy Mills said on Wednesday.
The small bridge, which was built in the 1950s, was closed Jan. 27 due to structural deficiencies. During an inspection, crews found scour under the center pier; that’s where water has washed away rock or footing around a bridge’s foundation, according to Mills.
Officials don’t have an estimate on how much the emergency repairs will cost or how long they could take, Mills said. And even when crews are finished, the temporary detour could remain in effect for some time.
“We’ll monitor the repairs for a few days, and then make a decision on whether to open the bridge or not,” Mills said.