The state Transportation Department has laid off bridge tenders who were responsible for opening five drawbridges in Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
The department said it will rely on a maintenance crew on call to operate bridges. The Aberdeen Daily World reported that 24-hour bridge tenders are unneeded because of a decline in vessel traffic as Weyerhaeuser has curtailed operations in Grays Harbor.
Five full-time and three temporary employees have been laid off. One has been rehired as a secretary.
The money saved from the bridge tenders is being used to hire two new bridge maintenance crew members, according to the department.