U.S. 101 bridge slated to reopen next month

The U.S. Highway 101 bridge in Hoquiam should be reopened in early January, according to the Washington Transportation Department.

The 83-year-old Simpson Avenue bridge on the Hoquiam River was closed Aug. 5 when inspectors found that damaged timber pilings were causing it to shift. The department gave an update on repairs this week , KBKW radio reports.

The bridge normally carries about 13,000 vehicles a day and is on a route to coastal beaches.